Kidney stones to be dealt with using ultrasound treatments?

1 February 2012

Ultrasound treatments could soon be used to thwart problems associated with kidney stones, a new project has disclosed.

Scientists from the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) are working on establishing ultrasound technology which could advance kidney stone treatments.

The new development sees stones being detected using advanced ultrasound imaging, with the objects then pushed through the body using focused ultrasound.

Dr Lawrence Crum, a technology team principal investigator, and co-investigator Dr Michael Bailey are pushing forward the project alongside NSBRI's Smart Medical Systems, with many developments already established.

Dr Bailey explained: "We … have a capability that uses ultrasound waves coming right through the skin to push small stones or pieces of stones toward the exit of the kidney, so they will naturally pass, avoiding surgery."

Some of the common symptoms of kidney stones which people should look out for are constant pain in the back or side which will not ease, vomiting and a combination of fevers and chills.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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