The RigiScan™ portable home monitor recorded nocturnal penile tumescence and rigidity testing. The monitor's quantitative analysis software quantitates various parameters of tumescence and rigidity, which includes the area under the curve over time slept, reported as tumescence activity units and rigidity activity units. The reproducibility and accuracy of this technique have been reported.28 Baseline normal values were used as previously reported,29 Rigidity had to be at least 60% at the base and 50% at the tip and maintained for at least 10 min. At least half of the episodes had to meet these criteria, with a minimum of three or four episodes per night. Tumescence had to achieve a height of 3 cm at the base and 2 cm at the tip.
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