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Decibel levels during extracorporeal lithotripsy for salivary stones

  • M H Fritsch (a1)

Abstract

Purpose:

To determine the decibel sound pressure levels generated during extracorporeal lithotripsy for salivary stones, and if such lithotriptor noise levels have the potential for acoustic trauma.

Patients and materials:

Minilith SL-1 salivary gland lithotriptor, sound level meter; five patient survey.

Methods:

Decibel measurements were conducted on the lithotripter-generated sounds, using a sound level meter at specific distances from the active element. In addition, a patient survey was conducted as a cross-reference, to enable comparison of predicted results with actual human perception of sound levels.

Results:

Sound levels ranged between 68 and 80 dB during treatment sessions, for both the lithotriptor operator and the patient.

Conclusion:

During routine use, no acoustic trauma is incurred by either the lithotriptor operator or the patient.

Copyright

Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Dr Michael H Fritsch, Indiana University Medical Center, 702 Barnhill Drive, Suite 0860, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202, USA. Fax: +1 317 274 0764 E-mail: mfritsch@iupui.edu

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