In lithotripsy, urinary stones are destroyed with shock waves and subsequently removed. Today’s surgical instruments consist of application components that are connected to an external power supply and control units via cable or tubing. Compact versions are also available on the market, but they only release individual pulses.
EMS, a manufacturer of medical devices for shock wave therapy and endoscopic lithotripsy, wanted to develop a miniaturized system: Operations were to be carried out with a wireless handheld device that generates continuous shock waves. Zühlke assumed overall responsibility for the development – from the feasibility study to the product launch of the serial device.
Zühlke checked the technical feasibility with a comprehensive series of lab tests and developed a rough system architecture as the basis for the industrial design concept.