What has NASA/space exploration ever done for us?
… the procedure called burst wave lithotripsy uses an ultrasound wand and soundwaves to break apart the kidney stone.
Ultrasonic propulsion is then used to move the stone fragments out, potentially giving patients relief in 10 minutes or less.
… This technology is also making it possible for astronauts to travel to Mars, since astronauts are at a greater risk for developing kidney stones during space travel.
It’s so important to NASA, the space agency has been funding the research for the last 10 years. Kidney stone breakthrough procedure at UW called ‘game changer’ for patients