Sound waves that can heal kidneys

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Ultrasounds are sound waves that are too high for humans to hear, and they are a great way to look at the insides of our bodies. If this reminds you of pregnant mommies, it’s because they often get ultrasounds to see the baby while it’s still inside their tummies. That’s not all they’re good for, though! Based on research from the University of Virginia, ultrasound can be great to repair kidneys from damage. Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) is when the body’s kidneys suddenly stop working the right way. When Virginia scientists performed ultrasounds on mice with AKI, their kidneys began to work just like normal. The team said the sound waves stimulated different parts of the body to send support to aid the kidneys back to health, which was why they began to work again. The team of researchers says this is a safe technique to use on humans with AKI as well.

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