Pressure pulse/shock wave apparatus for generating waves having plane, nearly plane, convergent off target or divergent characteristics

  • US 8,535,249 B2
  • Filed: 04/18/2012
  • Issued: 09/17/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/19/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. Apparatus for generating pressure pulse/shock waves comprising:

  • a pressure pulse/shock wave (PP/SW) source;

    a housing enclosing said PP/SW source; and

    an exit window from which shock wave fronts of waves generated by said PP/SW source emanate, wherein said shock wave fronts have plane, nearly plane, convergent off target or divergent characteristics wherein the apparatus is shaped and dimensioned to provide the shock wave fronts having a power density level to produce a tissue reaction in a subject to which the wave is administered and wherein the waves have a power density in the range of approximately 0.01 mJ/mm2 up to 1.0 mJ/mm2 to stimulate a living tissue while avoiding tissue damage.

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