Medical and Biomedical Applications of Shock Waves

  • Achim M. Loske

Part of the Shock Wave and High Pressure Phenomena book series (SHOCKWAVE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 303-378

About this book


This book provides current, comprehensive, and clear explanations of the physics behind medical and biomedical applications of shock waves. Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy is one of the greatest medical advances of our time, and its techniques and clinical devices are continuously evolving. Further research continues to improve the understanding of calculi fragmentation and tissue-damaging mechanisms. Shock waves are also used in orthopedics and traumatology. Possible applications in oncology, cardiology, dentistry, gene therapy, cell transfection, transformation of fungi and bacteria, as well as the inactivation of microorganisms are promising approaches for clinical treatment, industrial applications and research.

Medical and Biomedical Applications of Shock Waves is useful as a guide for students, technicians and researchers working in universities and laboratories. Chemists, biologists, physicians and veterinarians, involved in research or clinical practice will find useful advice, but also engineers and physicists may benefit from the overview of current research endeavors and future directions. Furthermore, it may also serve to direct manufacturers towards the design of more efficient and safer clinical, industrial and laboratory equipment.


Biomedical Applications of Shock Waves Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Shock Wave-mediated Transfection Shock Wave-mediated Transformation Lithotripter Shock wave source

Authors and affiliations

  • Achim M. Loske
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  1. 1.Center for Applied Physics and Advanced Technology (CFATA)National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)Querétaro, Qro.Mexico

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