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Lithotripsy treatment. Doctor writing notes during lithotripsy treatment for kidney stones. At upper right are two monitors that display X-rays of the position of the kidney stones. Lithotripsy is a non-invasive technique that uses focused ultrasonic sound waves to break up hard deposits in the body, while leaving surrounding tissues unharmed. Kidney stones are hard deposits of urine salts that can form inside the kidneys, causing pain, urine retention and kidney damage. Once the stone has been pulverised by lithotripsy, the remaining dust is passed in the urine.
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