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Smartphone Application Helps Monitor Peyronie's Disease
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A smartphone application designed to help assess Peyronie's disease has been deemed accurate and reliable by the American research team that developed it.
The University of Washington Peyronie’s Examination Network (UWPEN) app allows patients to monitor their Peyronie's disease is the privacy of their own homes.
To use the app, a patient (or his partner) takes a photograph of the erect penis. Using a touchscreen, he can then indicate points of curvature and narrowing. The app can compute the measurements for his physician's review.
To ensure privacy, the photos are converted to black and white pixelated images.
The researchers analyzed UWPEN's performance in terms of intertest, interobserver, and intraobserver reliability.
They designed fifteen malleable cylinders bent at angles that were similar to Peyronie's curvature. They also made clay models to represent penises with different degrees of narrowing.
Three blinded observers were asked to measure each of the cylinders using a protractor, a goniometer, and the UWPEN app. Each cylinder was measured three times with each tool by each observer.
Similarly, the observers measured the clay models using a ruler and the app. Again, each observer measured the each model three times with each tool.
The researchers found that the measurements taken with UWPEN, for both curvature and narrowing, were comparable to those taken with the protractor, goniometer, and ruler. Each of the observers produced reliable results and could reproduce accurate UWPEN measurements.
To learn more about the study, including some of its limitations, please click here.
The study was published online in April in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.