Urological Research

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 259–267 | Cite as

Investigation of the microstructure and mineralogical composition of urinary calculi fragments by synchrotron radiation X-ray microtomography: a feasibility study

  • Jozef KaiserEmail author
  • Markéta Holá
  • Michaela Galiová
  • Karel Novotný
  • Viktor Kanický
  • Petr Martinec
  • Jiří Ščučka
  • Francesco Brun
  • Nicola Sodini
  • Giuliana Tromba
  • Lucia Mancini
  • Tamara Kořistková
Original Paper


The outcomes from the feasibility study on utilization of synchrotron radiation X-ray microtomography (SR-μCT) to investigate the texture and the quantitative mineralogical composition of selected calcium oxalate-based urinary calculi fragments are presented. The comparison of the results obtained by SR-μCT analysis with those derived from current standard analytical approaches is provided. SR-μCT is proved as a potential effective technique for determination of texture, 3D microstructure, and composition of kidney stones.


Computed microtomography Synchrotron radiation Urinary calculi Texture Microstructure 



We acknowledge the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic for bestowing the research project OC09013 and MSM0021622412 and the support by the European Community—Research Infrastructure Action under the FP6 “Structuring the European Research Area” Programme (through the Integrated Infrastructure Initiative “Integrating Activity on Synchrotron and Free Electron Laser Science”). We acknowledge Czech Science Foundation for bestowing the grant project 203/09/1394. J. K. acknowledges Central European Initiative (CEI) for CERES fellowship. Special thanks to Kateřina Proksová and Hana Nováková for their help with SR-μCT measurements and data processing, and to Jaromír Leichmann for help with mineralogical documentation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jozef Kaiser
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  • Markéta Holá
    • 2
  • Michaela Galiová
    • 1
    • 2
  • Karel Novotný
    • 2
  • Viktor Kanický
    • 2
  • Petr Martinec
    • 3
  • Jiří Ščučka
    • 3
  • Francesco Brun
    • 4
  • Nicola Sodini
    • 4
  • Giuliana Tromba
    • 4
  • Lucia Mancini
    • 4
  • Tamara Kořistková
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute of Physical Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringBrno University of TechnologyBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic
  3. 3.Institute of GeonicsAcademy of SciencesOstrava-PorubaCzech Republic
  4. 4.Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A.TriesteItaly
  5. 5.Laboratory Specializing in Urinary Stones AnalysesBrnoCzech Republic

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