Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy
Words of the day. This is a procedure that was introduced in the early 1980s that is used to treat kidney stone disease. It is a non-invasive treatment, requiring no incision or internal telescopic devices.
Using shock waves oscillating at the resonant frequency of the crystals, the lithotripter machine directs the shock waves through the body to reach the stone, breaking it up into small fragments. These small fragments are then passed out of the body in the urine.