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Ahead of the curve

Ahead of the curve

Shriners Hospitals for Children has the largest number of EOS imaging systems of any health care organization. These X-ray units allow for fast, stress-free, low-dose radiation exams for children with hip, knee and spine conditions.

Fast and safe


Scans take six seconds or less and can capture both the front and side view of a child’s body.

Research studies have shown that the use of a low dose EOS exam reduced the radiation dose by 50–85 percent as compared to digital and computed radiography (standard X-ray technologies), without compromising image quality1,2.

1. Diagnostic imaging of spinal deformities: reducing patients’ radiation dose with a new slot-scanning X-ray imager. S. Deschenes & al. Spine. 2010
2. Comparison of radiation dose, workflow, patient comfort and financial break-even of standard digital radiography and a novel biplanar low dose X-ray system for upright full-length lower limb and whole spine radiography. TJ Dietrich & al. Skeletal Radiol. 2013

Easy and effective


Scans are taken with the child either sitting or standing in a natural, weight-bearing position; no lying down or turning over is required.

With these consistent, high-quality images, the machines can deliver more precise measurements and an unprecedented two and three-dimensional view of a patient’s bone structure.

The images provide doctors with a better understanding of what the problem is and its complexity, thus allowing for a more personalized treatment plan and accurate diagnosis. Also, the 3D images can greatly assist with pre-operative surgical planning and research.

Why is low-dose imaging important?


The EOS imaging machines are ideally suited for pediatric patients who have conditions that require multiple X-rays, such as patients with scoliosis.

Scoliosis patients typically require three to four radiography sessions each year. The cumulative reduction in radiation is especially important for these patients. Other conditions prone to frequent imaging include limb deficiencies, hip dysplasia, cerebral palsy and hemiplegia.

Where we are


Find out more about the scoliosis care and advanced radiology services available at the Shriners Hospitals for Children location nearest you.