EOS uses a lot less radiation than traditional x-ray or CT scans, which is particularly important for children with paediatric scoliosis, a condition involving curvature of the spine or other conditions requiring regular or repeated x-ray exams.
Patients can also be scanned in a seated position, which is ideal for older or frail patients and makes the imaging of smaller children easier (currently this is only available at our Bowen Hills practice).
There is no preparation required for an EOS scan, however it’s helpful to wear loose fitting clothing without metal buckles, fasteners, or zips. In some cases, you may be asked to change into a gown.
You will be asked to step inside the scanner and remain still.
The scanner moves vertically and will pass from head to toe. The scanner will not touch you.
Two perpendicular x-ray tubes and detectors take images from front and side views simultaneously. These scans allow doctors to create precise life-size 3D models of your skeleton.
Your x-ray will be conducted by an experienced radiographer.
An EOS scan takes approximately 5 minutes to set up. The actual scan itself will take approximately 20 seconds.
Although EOS imaging does involve radiation, this is minimal. Micro Dose is an EOS feature allowing very low dose radiation in paediatric imaging. This provides doctors with the safest imaging technology possible to monitor disease progression such as scoliosis follow-ups.
The automatic dose adjusters and detectors allow the scanner to administer just the right amount of radiation per patient. It’s this specificity that guarantees a low-dose exposure, all the while maintaining image quality.
The results of your EOS scan will be sent directly to your referring health practitioner. Please ensure you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results with them.
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How much will it cost?
Fees for radiology procedures will vary depending on a variety of factors. We will advise you about the cost of your service at the time of booking but if you do have any questions, contact us and one of our team will be happy to help with your query. You can read more about our billing information here.
How do I access my images?
At Queensland X-Ray, we provide our patients with their images and results online. To access your images and results, you’ll need to register for an account when you visit one of our practices. If you’ve already registered, you can access the Patient Portal here.