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Lithotripters, Extracorporeal

Definition : Lithotripters that noninvasively disintegrate stones using focused external shock waves. These devices typically consist of a shock-wave generator, an examination/treatment table, an imaging system, and a control console. Shock waves are delivered through a treatment head consisting of an enclosed, water-filled cylinder that protrudes through the treatment table and has a cushion that touches the patient's skin. An ellipsoid or acoustic reflector focuses the shock waves at the stone as the waves travel through the water and the patient's body. Some older units utilize a water bath instead of an examination/treatment table. Extracorporeal lithotripters are intended for the treatment of urolithiasis (i.e., kidney calculi also known as kidney stones); lithotripters of several different technologies, such as those using electromagnetic, piezoelectric, and spark-gap generators are available. Some extracorporeal lithotripters may be used also to destroy gall stones.

Entry Terms : "Noninvasive Lithotripters" , "Lithotripters, Extracorporeal Shock-Wave" , "Lithotripters, Extracorporeal, Renal" , "Lithotripters, Extracorporeal, Gallstone" , "Extracorporeal Shock-Wave Lithotripters" , "Extracorporeal Lithotripters" , "Lithotripters, Noninvasive"

UMDC code : 16758

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HealthTronics Inc

Company Type: Parent

For over 20 years HealthTronics has been a national provider of urological services and products. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with anatomical pathology laboratories in four states, we provide the most advanced technology and premiere support systems to urologists, hospitals, surgery centers and clinics across the United States.

Medispec Ltd

Company Type: Parent

Medispec – a leading Shock Wave Therapy (SWT) systems manufacturer — is making waves in the global medical community. A twenty year track record of providing high performance shock wave technology systems customized to client needs has made Medispec the company to turn to for non-invasive cardiology, urology, orthopedic, physiotherapy, and cellulite control applications.

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