EOS imaging has entered into a corporate agreement with Shriners Hospitals for Children to facilitate the acquisition process of the EOS system throughout the Shriners network of paediatric hospitals in North America. The EOS system is currently in use at four Shriners hospitals within the network, and the new agreement will streamline the process for all Shriners hospitals to acquire the system and related service contracts.
Shriners Hospitals address a full range of orthopaedic conditions including scoliosis, lower limb deformities, hip dysplasia, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The network also provides advanced services for complex conditions such as spinal cord injuries.
The agreement between EOS imaging and Shriners Hospitals simplifies the process by which hospitals in the network can acquire the EOS system through the standardisation of activities surrounding corporate approvals, pricing and the establishment of pre-approved terms and agreements.
Marie Meynadier, chief executive officer of EOS imaging, said, “This agreement builds upon the positive experience at the four sites within the Shriners network that already operate with EOS’ low-dose, 2D/3D imaging technology. We look forward to working closely with the several other sites in the network that wish to get equipped.”
The EOS system provides full-body stereoradiographic images of patients in functional positions, in both 2D and 3D. EOS exams require a radiation dose 50% to 85% less than digital radiology and 95% less than basic CT scans. A company press release also notes that the new EOS Micro Dose option, recently cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration, represents a further step towards the ALARA principle (as low as reasonably available) of radiation reduction by bringing paediatric spine follow up exams at the dose level equivalent to a week of natural background radiation on Earth.