EOS & Imaging

What is EOS?

The EOS imaging system is the first total solution for orthopaedic imaging. This technology represents a true breakthrough in orthopaedic imaging. It 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 six to nine 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.

This technology also 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.

How to prepare for an EOS examination.

  • No preparation is required for an EOS examination.
  • Just make sure you let our staff know if you’re pregnant or may be pregnant prior to the examination.
  • Bring your Medicare or Department of Veterans Affairs card.

The Procedure

  • 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 Radiographer will explain all aspects of your examination to you.
  • You will be asked to remain still for the EOS examination. This could 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.