The MFL 5000: A New Machine for Urological Diagnosis, Endourology, and Extracorporeal Shock-Wave Lithotripsy
In February, 1988, a new lithotripter was installed at our Center: the MFL 5000. This multifunctional lithotripter, developed collaboratively by Dornier and the Philips Company, brings together three areas of application: extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL), urological diagnosis, and all endourological procedures such as percutaneous nephrostolithotomy and ureterorenoscopy. The table used is similar to a urologic diagnostic table. For the ESWL procedure, one U-arm which can be tilted contains the apparatus for stone location. This can define the anterior-posterior as well as the cranial-caudal projections at 15° to 30°. The U-arm can be rotated 180°, thus allowing percutaneous procedures with an x-ray tube located under the table and an image intensifier above it. This arrangement significantly reduces the x-ray exposure of the patient and urologist.