What is EOS Imaging?
EOS is a radically new imaging system.
For the first time ever, it allows radiologists, orthopaedic surgeons and spinal surgeons to obtain a life-size, full-body image of your skeleton in 3D.
The scan is taken in your natural standing position, all in less than 30 seconds.
Who should use EOS imaging?
EOS imaging is especially useful for:
- children, due to its low radiation dose
- patients with scoliosis
- patients with hip, knee or spine problems
- patients that require long or repeated x-ray exams.
What are the benefits of EOS imaging?
Better diagnostics and image accuracy
By taking the scan in your standing, weight-bearing position it provides the most accurate view of your spine and lower limbs. It shows the complex interactions in your skeleton and this enables physicians to evaluate your balance and posture and analyses your bones, joints and ligaments from multiple angles.
This type of imaging enables us to view all areas of your 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.
Less radiation exposure
EOS imaging delivers a radiation dose that is 6 to 9 times less than a standard x-ray and up to 20 times less than basic computed tomography (CT) scans.
Reducing radiation dose is particularly beneficial for paediatric patients and those who need to be imaged frequently.
How should I prepare for an EOS scan?
There is no preparation for an EOS scan. If you have a referral for an EOS scan you will not have to make an appointment.
If you are pregnant or think you may be, please inform Epworth Medical Imaging staff who will give you advice.
On the day of your appointment?
EOS imaging is an extremely fast and totally painless imaging technology.
- Our imaging staff will ask you to get prepared, as you would for a conventional x-ray exam.
- Step into the EOS booth, per the guidance of imaging staff.
- Remain completely still. Our imaging staff will tell you when the scan will start. The scan will only take from five to 30 seconds.
- That’s it, your EOS scan is complete.
Following the examination, the radiographer will analyse the results on the computer and give them to a radiologist for reporting. A copy of your report will be sent to your GP or specialist.
Epworth Medical Imaging accepts cash, cheque, EFTFOS, MasterCard and Visa for payment on the day. If you have provided your bank details to Medicare, we can lodge Medicare claims electronically so as your Medicare rebate is direct deposited into your bank account.
Pensioners and healthcare card-holders will be bulked billed for all items covered under the Medicare schedule, although some surgical procedures and scans may incur a cost, as they are not covered under Medicare. Our staff will inform you of costs prior to your examination. Please have your Medicare card ready to present to reception.