EOS Imaging System
What is EOS?
The EOS Imaging System, is the first technology capable of providing full-body images of patients in a natural standing position, in 3D and with a low radiation dose. Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is the first facility in Miami-Dade and second in the state to acquire the EOS Imaging System.
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.
The device is also the only 3D system capable of scanning patients in a weight-bearing standing or sitting position to capture natural posture and joint orientation. 3-D weight-bearing images of patients in an upright, standing position provide the most accurate view of the spine and lower limbs, enabling physicians to evaluate balance and posture and analyze the bones, joints and ligaments from multiple angles. Research has demonstrated an intricate relationship between regions of the musculoskeletal system, particularly between the spine and lower body, and 3D bony images of the skeleton enable physicians to make more informed diagnosis and treatment decisions. Prior to EOS, clinicians often had to “stitch” together multiple smaller, 2D images to approximate a full picture of the target anatomy. This process was particularly problematic for complex orthopedic conditions, like spinal disorders.
What is the EOS Imaging System used for?
The EOS imaging system is used for orthopedic imaging in the evaluation of patients with spine, hip and leg disorders. Due to lower radiation dose, EOS imaging is particulary advantageous to children with progressive conditions such as scoliosis and other spinal deformities that require frequent imaging to monitor disease progression.
What to expect during the exam
During the exam, the patient will stand inside the EOS machine for about 30 seconds while the X-ray is taken. Because of the extremely low radiation dose, no protective lead apron is worn, as in traditional X-rays. The exam is performed using two fine X-ray beams that capture the frontal and lateral images of the patient’s body.
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