Last week we attended the 27th congress of the European Society of Pediatric Urology (ESPU) in Harrogate, Yorkshire (UK). At both the doctors – and nurses meeting, Technical Physician Paul van Leuteren presented the promising results of the first clinical feasibility study on the Noviomini – research prototype.

The Noviomini is a wearable, wireless ultrasound bladder monitor which measures the changes in bladder size over time. When the bladder is nearly full, the child (or caregiver) will be alarmed of a full bladder by a vibrating signal and/or smartphone notification. This study showed that the research prototype was capable of detecting a full bladder with a high level of accuracy, especially in children below the age of 10 years. At the end of this year, a second clinical study will be conducted to determine the accuracy of the Noviomini in alarming children with urinary incontinence.

It was very inspiring to see how enthusiastic the congress delegates were about this new application. Delegates from all over the world, from New-Zealand to America, from Sweden to Italy, had all very interesting ideas for other applications of continuous ultrasound monitoring of the bladder: e.g. prevention of urinary retention and assisting children in the process of catheterization. The delegates were also very curious to know when the device would be on the market. To speed up the process, many of them offered us assistants and research possibilities at their departments of pediatric urology.

Overall, it was wonderful to present our work in Harrogate, Yorkshire, also known as: “God’s own County”.