Spark Wave®: The Technological Avantgarde

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Spark Wave Devices and Applicators are uniquely designed according to the indication treatments of 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 quickly 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 efficiently it stimulates valuable regeneration and healing mechanisms at the cellular level.

The nature of Spark Waves allows the modulation of the acoustic fields and also the generation of unfocussed, parallel or planar shock waves, called SoftWaves, using a specific patented design for the applicators (US Patent US8535249). Unlike any other technology, SoftWave provides an equal energy distribution without focussing the waves on a specific spot.

 

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 specific electrohydraulic shock waves in a water medium which expand from a spark following a high voltage discharge between the tips of an electrode. They behave similar to acoustic waves except that they possess much greater pressure and higher energy.

The energy of Spark Waves is released as an explosion in the water and therefore the pressure and speed of the wave is typically high from the beginning, builds extremely fast and has a positive and minimal negative portion. Spark Waves also provide shock wave quality not only in the focal area but within the acoustic field expanding from the spark point.

With the PureWave quality of Spark Wave, the released energy can be focused to varying 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.

DICOM MATLAB ONSCALE (2021) – 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 consistency and efficiency of Spark Waves released with various width 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 – this is a key factor that contributes to Spark Wave’s large and versatile therapy focus and its 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