Application of Hydroelastic Waves to the Removal of Small Gallstones

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Y. P. Wu, G. R. Wong

Chongqing University, Chongqing, Sichuan, People’s Republic of China

T. L. Tau

Mechanics Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Science, People’s Republic of China

J Biomech Eng 103(2), 79-82 (May 01, 1981) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138264 History: Received February 14, 1980; Revised December 08, 1980; Online June 15, 2009


We have used hydroelastic waves to remove small gallstones in hepatic and common bile ducts. These stones were shaken off by the action of progressive and reflected traveling waves. The mechanical properties of the bile ducts were measured and an analysis of the propagation of hydroelastic waves in the liver-bile ducts was made. A practical system was designed, constructed, and clinically tested to remove the gallstones that remained in the hepatic or common bile ducts after surgical operations. The system was found to be effective.

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