Spark Wave®: The Technological Avantgarde

At MTS Medical, there are no secrets to success – Our devices are perfected through an active global cooperation between researchers, doctors, patients and people that believe in high quality healthcare.

This dynamic cooperation enabled us to listen and understand our partners better, creating a sustainable solution that are beneficial for everyone.

Spark Wave Devices and Applicators are uniquely designed according to the indication treatments in each medical discipline.


What are Spark Waves®?

Spark Waves are high-energy acoustic waves that behave much like other sound waves except that they have much greater pressure and energy. The energy of a shock wave is released as pressure on the environment. This pressure wave builds up extremely quick and consists of a very high positive and a minor negative part.

The shorter the rise time and the lower the tensile pressure, the better the quality of the Spark Wave and the more efficient it stimulates valuable regeneration and healing mechanisms at the cellular level.

Schematic Pressure Profile of a Focused Shock Wave. Characteristic properties: Extremely fast rise of the curve, very high pressure, low negative wave compared to very high peak pressure.


Generating mechanism of a Spark Wave®

Spark Waves are created by means of a high-energy electrical discharge in water. The voltage is discharged between the opposing tips (plus and minus pole) of an electrode. The arcing or so-called spark gap causes an equalization of voltage between the two tips of the electrode whereby a plasma bubble is created. This bubble explodes in all directions, compresses the surrounding water and generates very high peak pressure within only a few nanoseconds (<10ns).

With PureWave quality of Spark Wave, the released energy can be focused to various degrees by means of different reflector types. This innovation gives Spark Wave Therapy an agile edge when it comes to treating different indications at different positions optimally. Depending on the indications treated, MTS Spark Wave Devices are equipped with a focused, soft-focused or unfocused reflector.

Professor Theuer, E. (2021): DICOM MATLAB ONSCALE – Shockwave created by a MTS Applicator


The Medical Technology of Tomorrow: SmarTrode® & PureWave®

Spark Wave Technology uses electrohydraulic generation principles and ensures optimum energy composition and distribution.

The specially developed SmarTrode facilitates consistent and stable generation of Spark Wave energy and at the same time, enables treatments to be carried out optimally at different energy ranges. It automatically adjusts itself to the set level of output power guaranteeing an optimized, constant Spark Wave energy.

This highly efficient energy made the generation of PureWave possible – A quality standard that ensures the consistence and efficiency of Spark Wave released with various wide and depth of reflectors. The pressure amplitude is mainly positive with only minimal negative tensile wave energy and provides regenerative energy not only in the focal area, but in the entire acoustic field extending from the spark source – A key factor that contributes to Spark Wave’s large and versatile therapy focus and also high therapeutic efficacy with very little side effect potential.

The functioning mechanism of MTS Applicator. Featured in video: Spark Wave Device orthogold100 with Applicator OE050