Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy: Role of the radiologist

K. H. Barth, J. J. Pahira, L. P. Elliott

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Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) is a new noninvasive treatment modality for urinary calculi. ESWL may be applied to the majority of patients requiring stone removal and is expected to replace, to a large degree, percutaneous stone removal (PSR), now practiced jointly by interventional radiologists and endourologists in most institutions. In a number of cases, ESWL and PSR will be complementary procedures. Technically, ESWL can be considered a radiologic procedure; thus far, radiologists are not participating in its use. In the authors' opinion, ESWL should be a combined urologic radiologic procedure analogous to PSR; this will alow the most rational and effective treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)835-836
Number of pages2
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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