Ultrasonic velocity and attenuation measurement in kidney stones: correlation to constituents and hardness

National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, India.
Bio-medical materials and engineering (Impact Factor: 1.09). 02/1992; 2(2):79-82.
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In this investigation, ultrasonic parameters of kidney stones are measured, in vitro, using a double probe ultrasonic-through-transmission technique. Due to the complex chemical structure of these stones, a large variation in the values of the ultrasonic parameters is found. A correlation between ultrasonic properties and variation in pathology of the renal calculi is also discussed.

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