A simple position to provide better imaging of upper ureteral stones close to the Crista iliaca during extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy using the siemens lithostar

Tansu N., Obek C., Onal B. , Yalcin V., Oner A., Solok V.

EUROPEAN UROLOGY, vol.45, no.3, pp.352-355, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.eururo.2003.10.012
  • Title of Journal : EUROPEAN UROLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.352-355


Objective: The fluoroscopic image from the second plan (oblique) tube of an upper ureteral stone close to the crista iliaca may be superimposed on the pelvic bones during SWL using the Siemens Lithostar(1) with the patient in the prone position. This creates difficulty in imaging and targeting of the stone and can necessitate using ureteral catheters before treatment and/or intravenous contrast injection during SWL. We describe a very simple, yet effective method for easier visualization of the stone under this circumstance.