UW Researchers Develop Ultrasound Technology That Detects and Treats Kidney Stones in Space

A small kidney stone appears to be 'twinkling' in an ultrasound image. Credit: NSBRI

A small kidney stone appears to be “twinkling” in an ultrasound image. Credit: NSBRI

Researchers at the University of Washington are developing an ultrasound technology that will reimagine kidney stone detection and treatment. Dr. Lawrence Crum and Dr. Michael Bailey are using equipment currently available today, and repurposing it to move kidney stones that develop in astronauts who would otherwise have to return to Earth for treatment. The research is funded by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, with hope that what works on patients in space will lead to better treatments for patients on Earth.


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