EOS Imaging, a maker of 2D/3D imaging, has announced the installation of its EOS orthopedic imaging system at a medical facility in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which will serve pediatric and adult patients suffering from spinal deformities and degenerative spine, hip, and knee conditions. According to the company, this installation marks the second medical facility in Texas to adopt low dose 2D/3D imaging with the EOS system. In the same announcement, EOS reported its participation in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting March 24–28 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it launched its newly released hipEOS surgical planning software.
“As an orthopedic surgeon my goal is to provide the most appropriate and least invasive care to improve the condition and quality of life of the patients with whom I work,” Isador Lieberman, MD, MBA, FRCSC of Texas Back Institute said in the EOS announcement. “I am thrilled that local patients now have access to the unique benefits of the EOS system, which reduces the radiation dose during imaging sessions while also providing clinically superior diagnostic results.”
EOS reported that this second installation of its system in Texas demonstrates the growing interest in the US for low dose 2D/3D orthopedic imaging. In addition to the adoption of the EOS system in Texas, EOS imaging had a robust agenda at AAOS 2015, the largest international orthopedic meeting, where the company exhibited and hosted an educational symposium to support the official launch of hipEOS in the US.
The EOS system is said to provide full-body stereo-radiographic images of patients in functional positions, in both 2D and 3D. EOS exams require a radiation dose that is reportedly 50% to 85% less than digital radiology, and 95% less than basic CT scans. The new EOS Micro Dose option, recently cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is intended to allow a further step towards the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Available) principle by reducing pediatric spine follow-up exams to a dose level equivalent to one week of natural, environmental background radiation. For more information about the EOS 2D/3D imaging systems, visit the EOS Imaging website.