Researchers

Mike Bailey

Senior Principal Engineer

CIMU Department

APL-UW

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Urology

Larry Crum

Principal Physicist

CIMU Department

APL-UW

Research Professor, Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering

Bryan Cunitz

Engineer IV

CIMU Department

APL-UW

Barbrina Dunmire

Senior Engineer

CIMU Department

APL-UW

Jonathan Harper

Assistant Professor

UW Department of Urology

Ryan Hsi

UW Department of Urology

Ray Illian

Engineer IV

CIMU Department

APL-UW

Peter Kaczkowski

Principal Engineer

CIMU Department

APL-UW

Tatiana Khokhlova

Research Associate

CIMU

Vera Khokhlova

Senior Principal Engineer

CIMU Department

APL-UW

Wayne Kreider

Senior Engineer

CIMU Department

APL-UW

John Kucewicz

Senior Engineer

CIMU Department

APL-UW

Wei Lu

Research Assistant

CIMU Department

APL-UW

Brian MacConaghy

Physicist IV

CIMU Department

APL-UW

Marla Paun

Senior Engineer

CIMU Department

APL-UW

Oleg Sapozhnikov

Senior Principal Engineer

CIMU Department

APL-UW

Julianna Simon

Research Associate

CIMU

Mathew Sorensen

Assistant Professor

UW Deptartment of Urology

Rusty Starr

Research Manager

CIMU Department

APL-UW

Yak-Nam Wang

Senior Engineer

CIMU Department

APL-UW

Funding

NASA

NSBRI

NIH

UW C4C

Univ. Washington Dept. of Urology

W. H. Coulter Foundation

Ultrasonic Propulsion to Treat Kidney Stone Disease

SonoMotion: A Budding Start-up Company

As a research group, we’re focused on getting to the point of a clinical trial and demonstrating that this works in people. We have to plan going forward to start an ultrasound company that builds a product.

We’ve partnered with the hardware manufacturer who is based in the state of Washington. Our company – SonoMotion – will add the software to move stones and perform the final testing for that component, and then ship these off all around the world to treat stones. This is a disease that affects five to fifteen percent of the worldwide population.

Who, What?

Path to Commercialization

More About This Research

At the Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound a team of scientists, engineers, and students has developed an ultrasound-based system that may provide an office procedure to speed the natural passage of kidney stones. The system uses commercial ultrasound components to locate stones in kidneys. It creates clear pictures of them and then applies an acoustic radiative force, repositioning stones in the kidney so they are more likely to pass naturally.

As a research team, considerable technical advancements have been made and valuable feedback and cooperation has been garnered from the user community – the clinicians. The scientists, engineers, urologists, and commercialization experts are now collaborating to take the next steps.

SonoMotion has partnered with a hardware manufacturing company and licensed the ultrasonic propulsion of kidney stones technology with the University of Washington. The next big step will be to transition the prototype system into one that will pass the rigors of FDA review and be ready to roll into hospitals and clinics around the world.

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