"The seminal innovation was the idea that you could create a focused shock wave that could be delivered into the body in a non-invasive way that had sufficient energy to break up a stone but not damage other structures," says James E. Lingeman, MD.
Urology Times® is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022. To mark the occasion, we are high-lighting 50 of the top innovations and developments that have transformed the field of urology over the past 50 years. In this installment, James E. Lingeman, MD, discusses the development of ex-tracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for the treatment of kidney stones. Lingeman is a professor of clinical urology at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.