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Study of the functional anatomy of the female pelvic floor through 3D/4D transperineal ultrasound

Grant number: 17/02565-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 17, 2017
Effective date (End): August 18, 2017
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal Investigator:Cássio Luís Zanettini Riccetto
Grantee:Natalia Miguel Martinho Fogaça
Supervisor: Hans Peter Dietz
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Médicas (FCM). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Sydney, Australia  
Associated to the scholarship:15/22521-8 - Co-activation analysis between the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and its relationship with the pelvic floor's ultrasound biometric parameters in women with predominantly stress urinary incontinence, BP.DR


Introduction: Ultrasound exams have progressively been used as an instrument to investigate pelvic floor disorders, being the 3D/4D transperineal ultrasound the most utilized technique nowadays. This method provides important information about the anatomical structures involved in the continence mechanisms and contributes substantially to the understanding of stress urinary incontinence, obstructed defecation, fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Objectives: To improve the female pelvic floor assessment technique through 3D/4D transperineal ultrasound as well as to learn the off-line analysis technique of the pelvic floor ultrasound images. Methodology: The Pelvic Floor Unit, inserted at Sydney Medical School Nepean - University of Sydney, offers a five-week internship program focused on expanding the knowledge in the field of Urogynecology and pelvic floor ultrasound. The activities during the research internship will be divided into: (1) shadowing the routine clinical care given to patients of this unit; (2) participation in the meetings and clinical discussions, including discussion regarding ultrasound exam results; (3) practical training on pelvic floor assessment through 3D/4D transperineal ultrasound and (4) practical learning on off-line analysis of pelvic floor ultrasound images, aiming to develop a scientific research project. The practical training on pelvic floor assessment through 3D/4D transperineal ultrasound as well as the training on off-line analysis of pelvic floor ultrasound images, will follow the standardization established by Dr. Hans Peter Dietz and his colleagues. (AU)

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MARTINHO, NATALIA; BOTELHO, SIMONE; NAGIB, ANITA; JALES, RODRIGO MENEZES; TUREL, FRIYAN; CAAGBAY, DELENA; RICCETTO, CASSIO. Four-dimensional translabial ultrasound concordance with digital palpation and surface electromyography during dynamic pelvic floor muscles assessment: A cross-sectional study. NEUROUROLOGY AND URODYNAMICS, v. 39, n. 1, . (15/22521-8, 17/02565-6)
MARTINHO, NATALIA; FRIEDMAN, TALIA; TUREL, FRIYAN; ROBLEDO, KIRSTY; RICCETTO, CASSIO; DIETZ, HANS PETER. Birthweight and pelvic floor trauma after vaginal childbirth. INTERNATIONAL UROGYNECOLOGY JOURNAL, v. 30, n. 6, p. 985-990, . (15/22521-8, 17/02565-6)

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