Which Lithotriptor Should I Buy?
Following its clinical introduction in early 1980s, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) has proven itself as a successful, reliable and safe treatment option for urolithiasis. Despite all attempts to improve the efficacy and safety of the lithotripsy systems; the efforts did not produce evident improvements due to our limited knowledge concerning the exact mechanism stone fragmentation which makes it is still unclear what parameters should be modified. In this present chapter by focusing on the developments of lithotripsy systems; we aimed to outline the characteristics of the systems that will make them preferred in clinical conditions.
KeywordsUrolithiasis Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy Lithotripsy systems Human lithotriptor type
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