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Seattle-based nonprofit dialysis provider Northwest Kidney Centers intends to make a $15 million grant over the next five years to support startup projects within the University of Washington’s Center for Dialysis Innovation.

“Unimaginably intense” is how one might describe the pain of a kidney stone lodged in the urinary tract. Pebble-size crystals, most commonly calcium-based, bring people to their knees and then to the emergency room.

Every year, more than a half-million people in the United States go to the emergency room for kidney stones. The common condition leads to hundreds of thousands of surgeries each year. 

[Oct. 3: This file has been updated.]

UW Medicine is undertaking a 15-patient trial of a specialized ultrasound device to move, not obliterate, kidney stones. The device is being developed by the UW's Applied Physics Laboratory.

Patient Dave Skelton received a donor kidney this week, transplanted by surgeon Stephen Rayhill.

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