The Pellenberg campus of the University Hospitals Leuven network has become the first hospital in Belgium to install the EOS system.
The University Hospitals Leuven consist of five separate hospitals totalling 1,995 beds to form the largest hospital network in the country, and one of the largest in Europe. The Pellenberg campus is an ESSKA (European Society for Sports, Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy)-accredited teaching centre, and is the first University Hospitals Leuven campus to acquire the EOS imaging system. A second EOS system will be installed later in 2015 in the University Hospitals Gasthuisberg campus, making the Leuven network the second European hospital network after Assistance Publique–Hôpitaux de Paris, to acquire multiple EOS imaging systems.
Marie Meynadier, chief executive officer of EOS imaging, said, “We are very proud to have been selected by the Pellenberg Hospital, a widely recognised and respected centre for orthopaedic care and innovation. Adoption of low dose 2D/3D imaging has been consistently strong in Europe, and this new installation will continue to strengthen our European market presence.”
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 computed tomography scans. The new EOS Micro Dose option, recently cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, allows a further drastic step towards the “as low as reasonably available” principle by bringing paediatric spine follow-up exams at the dose level equivalent to a week of natural day-to-day background radiation.