Kidney stone researchA research study by Dr. Andrew Portis is the first long-term follow-up study of complex kidney stone patients. His research found that removing all kidney stones (even the smallest fragments) is critical in preventing future stones. Using CT, a highly sensitive technology, he evaluated patients to be sure all stones were removed. If all stones were cleared, just 5% of patients required further treatment within seven years. More research at Kidney Stone Institute: Matching patients to procedures Getting the job done the first time - ureteroscopy for simple stones and PCNL for complex stones Complete surgery equals long-term freedom from disease Caring for the Hmong community Low-dose scansOver the past 15 years, computed tomography (CT scanning) has become an invaluable tool in detecting and characterizing renal and ureteral stones. Our doctors have developed a way to reduce the radiation from CT scans by 75% for specified patients with kidney stones. What sets the Kidney Stone Institute apartIf you've experienced a kidney stone, you know it can cause unpredictable and excruciating pain. You may be left wondering if another stone will disrupt your life - and how you can prevent it. At the HealthEast Kidney Stone Institute, we understand the impact of kidney stones. That's why we're committed to providing excellent care, whether you're experiencing a kidney stone for the first time or have dealt with them for years.