Akron Children’s Hospital Boardman Adds Imaging System

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Akron Children’s Hospital Boardman has added an imaging system that provides full-body, two- and three-dimensional images while a patient stands and with a lower dose of radiation.

The hospital was the first in the region to provide this technology, adding it to its Akron campus in 2020, according to a press release from the hospital.

Young patients seeing orthopedic specialists and needing regular X-rays, such as those with scoliosis, will be exposed to much less radiation by using this technology, according to the release.

The system made by EOS Imaging “is  state-of-the-art technology that provides outstanding quality X-rays of the entire spine, while reducing radiation exposure to a fraction of that in traditional X-rays,” said Dr. Lorena Floccari, a pediatric spine surgeon in the department of Pediatric Orthopedics at Akron Children’s. “This improves our diagnostic capabilities while providing the highest level of safety to our patients at Akron Children’s Hospital.”

According to EOS Imaging, the system offers 50% to 85% less radiation than traditional X-ray systems and a 95% less dose than basic computed tomography (CT) scans. Reducing the radiation is particularly beneficial for children requiring frequent imaging. The system’s Micro Dose feature further reduces radiation exposure, offering frontal and lateral pediatric full spine images at a dose that’s equivalent to only a week’s worth of natural radiation, according to the news release.

The new EOS Imaging device captures bi-planar images with two perpendicular X-ray beams traveling vertically while scanning the patient from head to toe. In less than 20 seconds, the exam produces simultaneous frontal and lateral low-dose images.

By providing highly detailed information about the patient’s unique anatomy, the images better assist orthopedic surgeons and spine specialists as they diagnose patients and prepare to treat those with abnormal curvature of the spine (scoliosis and kyphosis), as well as other spinal conditions.

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