Applications of Underwater Shock Wave Research to Therapeutic Device Developments
Shock wave applications to medicine conducted in the Interdisciplinary ShockWave Laboratory of the Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University were based on accumulation of underwater shock wave research and bubble dynamic study, and initiated with the development of micro-explosion assisted Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL). The Ministry of Health Japan approved in 1987 our ESWL system as clinical device. The result was then continued to therapeutic devices in orthopedic surgery, gastro surgery, neurosurgery, drug delivery and recently cardio vascular treatments. In these projects, we have been working with colleagues in the School of Medicine, Tohoku University, and always target to develop therapeutic devices as a fruit of our shock wave dynamics and bubble dynamic studies.