EOS – Digital Full Spine Imaging
What is EOS?
The EOS imaging system was created through a partnership between Nobel Prize winning physicist and a team of biomedical engineers, orthopaedic surgeons and radiologists who have designed the first total solution for orthopaedic imaging. This technology represents a true breakthrough in orthopaedic imaging.
The EOS Imaging System is a low-dose, 3D imaging system that provides images of patients in natural standing positions. The technology produces high-quality, detailed images while using a significantly lower radiation dose than a general radiography X-ray, enabling clinicians to make a more informed diagnosis and create individualised treatment plans for children with musculoskeletal disorders.
These images are taken in a weight-bearing standing position. The EOS is able to capture natural posture and the interaction between joints and the rest of the musculoskeletal system. This is particularly important with the spine, hips and legs.
What are the benefits of EOS Imaging?
Reduced radiation dose:
- EOS delivers a radiation dose that is 6 to 9 times less than a standard X-Ray film and 20 times less than basic computed tomography (CT) scans.
- Improved image accuracy and diagnosis.
- Paediatric patients who require a series of images. For example children with spinal deformities such as scoliosis will benefit from the reducing radiation dose
- 3D weight-bearing images of patients in an upright, standing position provide the most accurate view of the spine and lower limbs, enabling your doctor to evaluate balance and posture and analyse the bones, joints and ligaments from multiple angles.
- Enables the radiologist to view all areas of the body with one image, rather than stitching together multiple images, providing an accurate view of the musculoskeletal system that is essential to diagnosis and treatment planning.
What to do before an EOS examination
There is no preparation required for an EOS examination.
Please call and make an appointment.
Please inform our staff if you are pregnant or may be pregnant prior to the examination.
Please bring your Medicare or Department of Veterans Affairs card.
What happens during an EOS examination?
You will be asked to stand inside the EOS machine, it is an open machine and the technician will be just outside the room to monitor and take the images.
- Your attending Radiographer will explain all aspects of your examination to you.
- Your consent will be sought prior to commencing the examination.
- You will be asked to remain still for the EOS examination, which may take anything from 5 to 20 seconds.
Is it safe?
An EOS examination, like an X-ray, is a form of ionising radiation. However, EOS uses significantly less radiation than a standard X-ray film and 20 times less radiation than computed tomography (CT).
The combination of our experienced Radiographers and the use of EOS ultra-low-dose technology assure that radiation doses are kept to a minimum.