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Heat flow sensor technology finds urological application

A novel heat flow sensing technology has already been implemented into an innovative biofeedback device to handle the problem of urinary incontinence.
Heat flow sensor technology finds urological application
The unique, patent pending heat flow sensor allows the measurement of heat conductivity of a body from one side of it and has the potential to be used in non-medical applications. It has already found an application in a biofeedback device that determines the amount of urine in the bladder which is proportional to the heat conductivity of the bladder.

The compact sensor is attached to the lower abdomen wall and is set according to the urine amount thresholds of the individual. Whenever the urine amount exceeds these thresholds the patient is alerted via a sound, vibration, or light signal. Thereby, it may significantly support patients suffering from overactive bladder and urinary incontinence.

Alternatively, current ultrasound imaging is non-ambulatory, aimed only for clinical use without solving the daily problems of patients. Unlike this, the biofeedback device is fully passive, wearable and easy to use as the subject can wear it continuously, anywhere and at any time. Additionally, it is affordable and improves the way of living of many patients.

Both the technological concept and the application are innovative. The core technology is related to a unique configuration of a heat flow sensor that allows measurements of heat conductivity regardless of the temperature. Collaborations are sought with industrial partners involved in the development and manufacture of medical equipment preferably in the area of biofeedback and therapeutic devices.
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