Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I noticed in the National Institute of Health clinical trials database, there's a study for individuals with kidney stones called, "Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithrotriptor Indicated for Fragmenting Urinary Stones in the Kidney."  It involves advanced shock wave technology.  Sounds pretty damn space age if you ask me, or like a Flash-based language for coding.  But then I discovered that apheresis is an extracorporeal circulatory procedure, so I've been engaging in extracorporeal procedures for quite some time, just none involving advanced shock wave technology or lithotriptors.

Interestingly, the process has its own entry on wikipedia.  Although the phrase, "minimal collateral damage" isn't exactly reassuring.

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