Tzou DT et al, 2016: Ultrasound Use in Urinary Stones: Adapting Old Technology for a Modern-Day Disease.
Tzou DT, Usawachintachit M, Taguchi K, Chi T.
Department of Urology, University of California , San Francisco, San Francisco, California.
Division of Urology, Faculty of Medicine, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Chulalongkorn University , The Thai Red Cross Society, Bangkok, Thailand.
Department of Nephro-urology, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences , Nagoya, Japan.
Ultrasound has become a mainstay tool in urologists' armamentarium for the diagnosis and management of nephrolithiasis. From starting as a rudimentary form of imaging, it has come to play a more prominent role over time, paralleling evolution in ultrasound technology. Throughout the medical community there is a growing emphasis on reducing the amount of ionizing radiation delivered to patients during routine imaging. As such there has been a resurgence of interest in ultrasound given its lack of associated radiation exposure and proven effectiveness as a diagnostic and therapeutic imaging modality. Herein, we provide a review of the history of ultrasound, how the use of ultrasound is expanding in both diagnosis and treatment of urinary stone disease, and finally how promising applications of ultrasound are shaping the future of kidney stone management.
J Endourol. 2016 Nov 3. [Epub ahead of print]. FREE ARTICLE
A small paragraph focusses on the advantages of ultrasound stone tracking during ESWL
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