Innovative simulation techniques to analyse damage in female pelvic floor

Pelvic floor damage or dysfunction can lead to a number of problems including urinary incontinence and in extreme cases hernia where pelvic organs protrude into the vagina or outside the body. It is estimated that almost 50% of the female population aged 45-85 suffers from the prolapse of the pelvic organs or urinary incontinence.

The project aims to develop a novel efficient and realistic simulation model for the anatomy and dynamics of women’ pelvic cavity organ function and dysfunction. Such a model is meant to help the medical community to take the most effective decisions regarding diagnosis and treatment of this traumatic condition for women and their families.

In particular, the outcomes of the project will contribute to the following:

  • better understanding of the role of the connective tissue in pelvic floor function and dysfunction
  • powerful computational methodologies to analyze the dynamical behaviour of the pelvic cavity organs based on image data
  • identification of the mechanisms of damage, providing a non invasive tool to prevent or minimize damages and its sequelae