Focused Tandem Shock Waves in Water and Their Potential Application in Cancer Treatment

  • P. Lukes
  • P. Sunka
  • P. Hoffer
  • V. Stelmashuk
  • J. Benes
  • P. Pouckova
  • M. Zadinova
  • J. Zeman
  • L. Dibdiak
  • H. Kolarova
  • K. Tomankova
  • S. Binder

Introduction

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) has been successful for more than 30 years in non-invasive treating patients with stone deceases (mostly kidney stones). ESWL devices (lithotripters) generate shock waves outside the patient’s body and concentrate them on the kidney stone. Over 40 models of lithotripter (electrohydraulic, piezoelectric and electromagnetic) are commercially available worldwide [1],[2]. At the end of 1980’s one of modified versions of electrohydraulic type of lithotriptor was developed also in the Institute of Plasma Physics AS CR [3]-[5]. Such generators serve up to now as a therapeutic unit in the lithotripters Medilit (produced by the company MEDIPO, Brno, Czech Republic) at about 20 hospitals in the Czech and Slovak Republic [6]. So far more than 120 thousands patients have been successfully treated by these devices.

Keywords

Shock Wave Pressure Wave Kidney Stone Rarefaction Wave Composite Electrode 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Lukes
    • 1
  • P. Sunka
    • 1
  • P. Hoffer
    • 1
  • V. Stelmashuk
    • 1
  • J. Benes
    • 2
  • P. Pouckova
    • 2
  • M. Zadinova
    • 2
  • J. Zeman
    • 2
  • L. Dibdiak
    • 2
  • H. Kolarova
    • 3
  • K. Tomankova
    • 3
  • S. Binder
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Plasma PhysicsAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicPrague 8Czech Republic
  2. 2.First Faculty of MedicineCharles UniversityPrague 2Czech Republic
  3. 3.Faculty of Medicine and DentistryPalacky UniversityOlomoucCzech Republic

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