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Laser Lithotripsy: Basic Physics

  • R. Steiner
  • Th. Meier
Conference paper

Abstract

Extracorporeal shock-wave (ESWL) lithotripsy is a useful method for fragmentation of stones in the urinary tract. Its application can be extended to gallstone diseases, where it competes with other conventional techniques. A new technology is now emerging which uses a laser and fiber-optic devices for disaggregation of gallstones (Fig. 1). Some clinical results have already demonstrated that laser systems may provide an important alternative in the therapy of gallstone disease in the future.

Keywords

Shock Wave Laser Pulse Gallstone Disease Stone Surface Optical Breakdown 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Steiner
    • 1
  • Th. Meier
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Lasertechnologien in der MedizinUniversität UlmUlmGermany

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