The Smart stethoscope can also be used to assess whether or not a patient’s kidney stones will respond to lithotripsy in the first place
The Smart stethoscope is designed to let clinicians know if a patient's kidney stone treatment has been successful
Prof. Tim Leighton with the Smart stethoscope
When kidney stones can’t be dissolved using medication, the next step is usually a procedure known as shock wave lithotripsy. This involves focusing a series of high-intensity acoustic pulses onto the stones, until they break apart to the point that they can be passed in urine or dissolved by drugs. Using current monitoring techniques, however, it can be difficult to tell when and if that point has been reached. A new device known as the Smart stethoscope lets clinicians know, by listening.
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