The EOS x-ray is the first technology that creates full-body 3D images of patients in a natural, standing position. While it provides orthopedic imaging for patients with spine, hip, and leg disorders, the EOS scanner also produces much less radiation than traditional scanners do. In fact, this technology forms high-quality images with radiation levels up to nine times less than a computed radiography x-ray, and 20 times less than a CT scan.
What is an EOS scan like?
When your child comes in for EOS medical imaging, they will stand inside the machine for about 30 seconds. Unlike traditional x-rays, the EOS scanners produce such small amounts of radiation that protective lead aprons are not necessary.
What are the benefits of EOS imaging?
An EOS scan creates a comprehensive 3D image, making it much more accurate than other scanners (all other x-rays require piecing multiple pictures together to approximate). And because the chamber allows the patient to stand up straight, the images reflect the most realistic depiction of posture. For patients with ongoing concerns such as scoliosis, the EOS Imaging System offers shorter scanning times than a traditional x-ray while producing a fraction of the radiation. This makes it both safer and more convenient for routine visitors.
Key Aspects of the EOS Imaging System
Patients with scoliosis typically undergo imaging every three to six months over a period of several years, which can amount to more than 20 total scans over the course of treatment. This technology makes possible high-quality images with a radiation dose up to nine times less than a computed radiography X-ray and up to 20 times less than a CT scan, enabling clinicians to make a more informed diagnosis and create individualized treatment plans for children with musculoskeletal disorders. The device also reduces the amount of time it takes to conduct a radiological scan.
Leaders in EOS radiology
The Radiology Department at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital housed the first EOS medical Imaging System in the Miami-Dade area and the second in the state of Florida. A leader in pediatric radiology, we produced 120,000 radiological images in 2012 and have served thousands since. At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, we offer the most advanced technology to ensure your child receives the highest quality care possible.
Coming Soon! Newest Spine Imaging Technology Reduces Radiation Exposure
At Nicklaus Children's Hospital, we are committed to providing our patients and their families with the best care and technology available. This focus has led to our recent acquisition of the EOSedge™, an imaging system that delivers high-quality, three-dimensional full-body images of patients in a standing position using low-dose radiation.
EOSedge has a unique setting called Flex DoseTM that adjusts the amount of radiation patients receive. This setting minimizes exposure of areas of the body when possible, while still delivering the high- resolution images needed for our doctors to make treatment decisions.EOSedge will soon be available at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s main campus.
The Center for Spinal Disorders at Nicklaus Children's has been using EOS imaging systems for its pediatric spine patients since 2013. Traditional EOS imaging services are offered at the hospital's spine clinic in Miramar and will be available soon in Palm Beach County.