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Exciting background knowledge on the physics and technology of shock waves


Our new »Physics and Technology« page is online! In order to understand the amazing range of possible applications of shock waves in medicine, it is worth taking a look at the physical properties at play. Our new article provides important background information on the physics and technology of shock waves and pressure waves with numerous graphics and diagrams. We would like to share this knowledge with you:

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MODULITH SLX-F2: New SWL indications 510 (k) FDA cleared - Treatment of children and ureteral stones


The established and US-market leading MODULITH SLX-F2 extracorporeal shock wave lithotripter from STORZ MEDICAL has recently received the FDA 510 (k) clearance for new indications. With this clearance, an absolutely unique selling point for STORZ MEDICAL is that children over the age of three years suffering of stone disease can now be treated non-invasively(*1,2, 3). The MODULITH SLX-F2 is the first and the only lithotripter available for lithotripsy in children in the USA.

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Extracorporeal Magnetotransduction Therapy (EMTT): STORZ MEDICAL’s MAGNETOLITH receives 510(k) clearance from the FDA


On 3 May 2021, STORZ MEDICAL received the 510(k) clearance for the MAGNETOLITH® from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The therapy device is now cleared in the USA (as a class II medical device) for the following indications:

  • Relaxation of muscle spasms
  • Prevention or retardation of disuse atrophy
  • Increase local blood circulation
  • Muscle re-education
  • Immediate post-surgical stimulation of calf muscles to prevent venous thrombosis
  • Maintaining or increasing range of motion
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DUOLITH SD1 »ultra« from STORZ MEDICAL cleared in the USA for wound management of diabetic foot ulcers (DFU)


The DUOLITH® SD1 »ultra« with the C-ACTOR® »SEPIA« handpiece has been cleared in the USA since late February 2021 as a Class II device for the treatment of chronic diabetic foot ulcers (DFU).

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Clinical film – Kidney stone treatment (SWL) with the MODULITH SLX-F2 connect


In 2021, COVID-19 continues to cause a global emergency that is dominating our professional and personal lives. Nevertheless, other ailments such as stone disease have not simply disappeared as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The clinical film shows the process of an extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) with the MODULITH® SLX-F2 »connect« and shares the perspectives of both doctor and patient.

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The construction of the new STORZ MEDICAL Deutschland GmbH company premises in Jena is underway.


A further milestone was reached on Monday. The ground-breaking ceremony and thus the start of construction of the new company building of STORZ MEDICAL Deutschland GmbH took place on 3rd August. In times of the corona crisis but in a modest setting and with only two protagonists. So architect and site manager, symbolically grabbed the shovel while the excavator waited in the background.

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40 years of SWL – shock waves have replaced »open« renal surgery


40 years ago, on 7 February 1980, the first treatment of a kidney stone patient with shock waves was performed at the Department of Urology of Munich University Hospital based at the Grosshardern campus. Several STORZ MEDICAL employees from the company’s research, development and marketing departments were present to witness the historic event, which ushered in a new era in medical technology: the era of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (SWL).

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MEDICA 2017: STORZ MEDICAL presents new shock wave systems and announces winners of »Scientific Shock Wave Award«

During MEDICA 2017 (13 – 16 November) STORZ MEDICAL presented the new radial shock wave system MASTERPULS® ONE. Other highlights were the presentation of the lithotripter MODULITH® SLK »intelect« and the award ceremony for the STORZ MEDICAL »Scientific Shock Wave Award«.

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MEDICA 2016: STORZ MEDICAL demonstrates its leading role in the field of shock wave therapy

STORZ MEDICAL presented the full range of its shock wave therapy solutions at the world’s leading medical trade fair MEDICA, which took place in Düsseldorf/Germany from 14 to 17 November 2016. The international visitors had the opportunity to learn about the technological advantages and the pioneering modularity of shock wave therapy devices such as the MODULITH® SLK »intelect« or the new MASTERPULS® MP200 »ultra«. Another highlight was the significantly extended range of online and offline information material about shock wave therapy that STORZ MEDICAL offers to its customers.

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Order your free copy now: »The Art of Shock Wave«

During MEDICA 2017 in Düsseldorf/Germany, STORZ MEDICAL presented its new brochure »The Art of Shock Wave«.

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STORZ MEDICAL receives FDA approval for DUOLITH® SD1

STORZ MEDICAL has received the PMA approval (premarket approval) of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the DUOLITH® SD1 (Class III)*. This means that the innovative focused shock wave therapy system has now the FDA’s highest level of approval. It is approved in the USA for the treatment of heel pain due to chronic proximal plantar fasciitis**. As a result of the FDA approval, STORZ MEDICAL and its partners are now able to begin with the market launch of the DUOLITH® SD1 in the USA. The PMA approval of the device in the USA is also important for other countries as it signalizes that the DUOLITH® SD1 can be trusted when treating chronic plantar fasciitis.

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MODULITH® SLK »inline« – A global success story

In the fifth year since premiering at the Vienna EAU Congress in the Spring of 2011, the success story of the MODULITH® SLK »inline« just keeps rolling on. This year, the mark of 60 installed devices all over the world will be exceeded. The number counts towards the 1700 STORZ MEDICAL systems sold throughout the world in the last 27 years.

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The first stationary MODULITH® SLK »inline« in Australia

In December 2014 the first stationary MODULITH® SLK »inline« in Australia was installed at Casey Hospital in Berwick, a south-eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. Casey Hospital is part of the Monash Health network, the largest in Victoria. Services include an emergency department, general medical, mental health, rehabilitation, surgical and ambulatory care services. The hospital is a provider of paediatric services for Monash Children's Hospital and is a centre for the leading cardiac services of MonashHEART, too. Dr. Philip McCahy, Clinical Head Urologist at Casey Hospital, had a few words to say about last week's successful installation and dedication of STORZ MEDICAL's MODULITH® SLK »inline« – The smart solution of Lithotripsy.

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To stay ahead, you have to master the technology

Medical history was made when the first patient with kidney stones was treated successfully with shock waves in February 1980. It was in 1989 when STORZ MEDICAL revolutionized shock wave lithotripsy with its special design of a new cylindrical coil to generate shock waves with most favourable field distribution and widest energy range. For the first time, this technique allowed extremely large apertures and extraordinary focal depth. Another striking feature of the cylindrical coil was the central opening that was designed to enable inline localization. This inline configuration was a technological masterpiece.

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MODULITH® SLK »inline« - Design in every detail

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How much of Switzerland is there in STORZ MEDICAL?


The STORZ MEDICAL shock wave systems are designed for a long working life. In order to give users and patients a positive and confident inspiring impression only high-quality materials and components are used. In addition, the systems are assembled and tested by qualified staff directly at the STORZ MEDICAL headquarters in Switzerland.


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STORZ MEDICAL puts great emphasis on energy efficiency

When planning the STORZ MEDICAL building in Tägerwilen on Lake Constance, energy efficiency got high priority from the outset.

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The aim was to avoid an indoor climate often found in modern low energy buildings with forced ventilation and systems that keep temperatures at a constant level independent of the season: There employees perceive temperature, humidity and air exchange as unnatural and get a feeling of powerlessness.

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Switzerland’s Positive Image Abroad

In view of the constantly growing global competition it is no longer enough for enterprises to distinguish their products by quality and equipment features alone. In order to ensure that a product does not go unnoticed in the marketplace, it is necessary to create an individual image for this product and even for the corresponding enterprise. A positive image increases the anticipation of making a unique experience with a product.


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KARL STORZ Group Opened Berlin Visitor and Training Centre at Historical Empress Augusta Hospital

KARL STORZ Group Opened Berlin Visitor and Training Centre at Historical Empress Augusta Hospital

Together with guests from politics, business and medicine, the KARL STORZ Group celebrated the inauguration of the renovated and modernized former Empress Augusta Hospital on 10 and 11 October. The future Berlin activities of the KARL STORZ Group will thus be combined under one roof.

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The New Manual for Urologists

The New Manual for Urologists

Technological progress in the generation of shock waves and the design of lithotripters has rendered treatment methods easier and more comfortable. However, the treatment results strongly depend on the correct handling of the technology.

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Second design award for the MODULITH SLK »inline«

Second design award for the MODULITH SLK »inline«

The German Design Council honoured the lithotripter MODULITH® SLK »inline« with the premium prize »German Design Award – Special Mention« on February the 15th 2013 in Frankfurt. Every year the German Design Council awards a prize to the best design and the most attractive ergonomics of technological innovations. After winning the red dot design award in 2011 the MODULITH SLK inline convinced again a design jury!

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Focus on kidney stones with MODULITH SLX-F2

Focus on kidney stones with MODULITH SLX-F2

Kidney stones are a disease of civilisation that affects almost 5% of the population in the course of their lives. The annual incidence rate for renal calculi in Germany, currently at almost 1.5%, is on an upward trend and the condition is frequently associated with significant pain. About 50% of patients experience relapse within a period of 10 years if the stone formation remains untreated. These figures clearly reflect the importance of modern stone management.

(Picture left: Dr med Peter Sprenk, consultant urologist at the Urological Centre and affiliated doctor at Brilon Community Hospital, Franz Haselhorst, urology specialist nurse, Dr med Heinz Grosse-Vollmer, consultant urologist at the Urological Centre and affiliated doctor at Brilon Community Hospital (from left to right). Picture right: Localisation by X-ray fluoroscopy and stone positioning in the focus of the shock wave field)

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The history of mobile shock wave lithotripsy

The history of mobile shock wave lithotripsy

Shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) has been one of the most innovative therapy procedures in urology over the last decades. During the first few years, however, small hospitals could not afford to purchase a lithotripter owing to its high cost. This explains why ever since the pioneering days of SWL there has been a demand for mobile lithotripsy to make this revolutionary technology more easily available also in remote regions.

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EAU Paris Lithotripter News!

EAU Paris Lithotripter News!

More comfort.

Now better handling of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy

Following its world premiere in Vienna one year ago, the new generation of lithotripter is already equipped with another compelling feature: the in-line unit for the MODULITH® SLK »inline« for successful ultrasound localisation.

What's more, the stationary lithotripter MODULITH® SLX-F2 has now been enhanced by the option of a fixed ceiling-mounting suspension system, offering even more flexible and easier handling in the endourological workstation.

The congress of the European Association of Urology (EAU) being held from 25 – 27 February in Paris will see the STORZ MEDICAL team presenting these innovative highlights for urology to medical specialists for the first time.

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The medical potential of shock waves has not been fully explored yet

The medical potential of shock waves has not been fully explored yet

30 years of shock waves in medicine

Tägerwilen/Switzerland, 15 December 2010 – Only 30 years have passed since the first kidney stone patient was treated successfully with shock waves. What started as an experiment is now a success story: patients from around the globe benefit from the treatment with shock waves. Today the waves have a wide range of application and physicians use them not only in urology but also in orthopaedics, cardiology, dermatology and veterinary medicine. New research results in the fields of wound healing and neurologic diseases show that shock waves will become even more important in the future.

(Picture Left: Lithotripter 1981, Dornier, Middle: Lithotripter 2010, STORZ MEDICAL, Right: Treatment of calcific tendinitis of the shoulder with focused shock wave handpiece)

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Prominent guests during MEDICA 2010

Prominent guests during MEDICA 2010

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits KARL STORZ

Düsseldorf/Germany, 17.11.2010. – The groundbreaking innovations of the STORZ group attracted very prominent guests during MEDICA, the world's largest medical trade fair. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Federal Minister of Health Philipp Rösler visited the KARL STORZ booth in order to inform themselves about the latest innovative products of the long-established company.

(Picture: From the left: Federal Minister of Health Philipp Rösler, Dr. Sybill Storz, Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Karl-Christian Storz)

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New MODULITH SLK »inline« wins red dot award

Tägerwilen/Switzerland, 14 March 2011. – STORZ MEDICAL's new MODULITH® SLK »inline« has received a red dot award for product design. Only products that clearly stand out from comparable products due to their exceptional design receive the prestigious international award. The new lithotripter was designed by STORZ MEDICAL's »design center« in Tägerwilen/Lake Constance in close cooperation with the innovation firm »frog design«. The world premiere of the MODULITH® SLK »inline« will be at the 26th Annual EAU Congress in Vienna, Austria (18 – 22 March 2011).

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KARL STORZ Visitor Centre: Functional. Flexible. Modern.

KARL STORZ Visitor Centre: Functional. Flexible. Modern.

On February 01, 2011, KARL STORZ Endoskope and almost 200 guests from Germany and abroad celebrated the grand opening of the new KARL STORZ Visitor Centre. Dr h.c. mult. Sybill Storz and Karl-Christian Storz were delighted to share the grand opening with invited guests from the realms of politics, business and medicine. In her welcoming speech, Dr Sybill Storz revealed that since joining her parents' company, the presentation of its products to the outside world and its continuous improvement has been her »hobby«. She explained that she was therefore particularly excited about the new Visitor Centre, which represents an avenue for customers to examine the entire KARL STORZ product portfolio, its advantages and its quality in detail. Visitors were able to experience the new KARL STORZ Visitor Centre first hand.

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Why is the new MODULITH SLK »inline« the best decision for an urological clinic?

Why is the new MODULITH SLK »inline« the best decision for an urological clinic?

Interview with ESWL expert Professor Axel Häcker, M.D.

Professor Häcker, your clinic has been using extracorporeal lithotripsy since 1989, starting with the first MODULITH® SL10/20. You personally used a lithotripter from STORZ MEDICAL, the MODULITH® SLK »classic«, until February this year. You and your department have now decided to purchase the new MODULITH® SLK »inline«. What were the reasons for your decision, and what do you expect from the new MODULITH® SLK »inline« for your clinic, your patients and yourself? We would like to ask you a few questions about this.

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SWL Literature database

New publications in the field of shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) commented by medical experts.
STORZ MEDICAL AG, Switzerland, offers a new literature service for medical professionals.

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20 Years of STORZ MEDICAL – Shock Waves in Medicine

The success story of STORZ MEDICAL AG started in 1988 with the development of a shock wave source with superb performance compared to conventional designs previously utilized in the field of lithotripsy. Electro hydraulic systems (spark gap/ellipsoid) and electro magnetic systems with flat coil and lens focusing were outperformed with respect to the most important parameters such as energy, energy flux density, peak pressure etc.

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