EOS Imaging

What is EOS imaging?

EOS imaging is a low-dose X-ray system used to evaluate your child's musculoskeletal system. Images are taken standing up or sitting down, enabling doctors to see your child's natural, weight-bearing posture.

EOS imaging is an essential tool for diagnosing spine, hip, and leg issues and for planning and monitoring your child's treatment. The images give doctors a complete and accurate view of the spine and lower limbs, all in one image.

An EOS imaging exam uses about one-third of the radiation dose of a conventional X-ray. For this reason, it is used for children who need regular scans to monitor a progressive disease, such as scoliosis. Compared to X-ray or CT, regular EOS imaging will significantly reduce their lifetime radiation exposure.

How can I help my child prepare for the exam?

There is no special preparation for an EOS imaging exam. Please make childcare arrangements for siblings as they will not be allowed into the exam room.

Please note that if you are pregnant, you will not be allowed in the room during the exam and may wish to make arrangements to have someone else be with your child.

What will happen during the exam?

When you arrive for your appointment, your child will be asked to change into a gown. You will then be allowed to accompany your child to the exam room.

During the exam, your child will stand in a booth for just a few minutes. The EOS system can take pictures of their spine in less than 20 seconds.

Are there any risks?

Your child will be exposed to minimal doses of diagnostic radiation. The risk is small compared to the benefit of an accurate diagnosis or intervention.

After the exam

Your child can immediately resume normal activities after the exam. A radiologist will analyze the images and share the results with the doctor who requested the exam, who will then discuss the results with you.