They have also developed a unique ultrasound imaging method to dramatically enhance the visualization of the stones. It provides a safe alternative to the ionizing radiation of plane X-ray and computerized tomography. The goal is an office-based procedure to detect and remove stones. The method could be used to treat virtually all patients with kidney stones and would provide a treatment option for the majority of patients who are sent home in pain to pass the stone naturally. The technology could also be used to clean up stone fragments after surgery. The team has also worked with NASA through the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Kidney stones are one of the risks of space travel because astronauts begin to experience demineralization immediately.
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