EOS is a new imaging system, evolved from a Nobel-prize winning invention.
For the first time ever, we can obtain life-size, full body images of a skeleton in 3D. The standing position is the position we live in, as opposed to the position we may be operated in, which is important for diagnosis and treatment planning.
EOS is especially helpful in situations where patients want to minimise their exposure to radiation and where long-length, weight-bearing images are needed.
Why would I have an x-ray using the EOS scanner?
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.
Things to know
Queensland X-Ray has EOS available in Brisbane, Townsville and soon Cairns.
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.
What happens during my examination?
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.
It takes about 4 minutes to set the scan up. The actual scan will take approximately 20 seconds.
Your x-ray will be conducted by an experienced Radiographer.
After your examination
The results of your EOS will be sent directly to your referring Doctor. Please ensure you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results with them.
Most scans are Bulk Billed, however referrals from some medical professionals may incur a GAP.