EOS imaging announces first US bracing facility installation

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EOS imaging has completed the installation of an EOS imaging system at National Scoliosis Center, a Virginia-based scoliosis treatment clinic.

EOS installations have previously been installed solely in hospitals or imaging centres—the National Scoliosis Center’s installation is the first of its kind. National Scoliosis Center provides on-site custom design and fabrication of scoliosis and kyphosis braces and offers Schroth scoliosis-specific physical therapy for patients in the course of non-operative treatment of scoliosis.

EOS will provide services for National Scoliosis Center’ adult and paediatric patients, who require frequent radiographs to monitor their curves and the effectiveness of treatment. Previously, patients would have imaging radiographs conducted in a hospital or outpatient centre, before going to an orthotic company to be fitted for a brace.

With EOS, National Scoliosis Center will be able to conduct radiographic imaging scans and create braces for patients all in one location. EOS’ 3D measurement, including the 3D reconstruction of the ribcage for advanced brace computer assisted design, will assist orthotists in designing and fabricating braces to effectively treat each patient’s condition.

Additionally, scoliosis patients require regular imaging during the initial design and delivery of the brace and over their course of care that frequently lasts many years. EOS’ imaging enables National Scoliosis Center to safely scan the patients as many times as necessary with limited radiation exposure.

“We frequently brace each scoliosis patient multiple times over his or her course of treatment. By housing imaging capabilities on-site, we will be able to assist our patients more effectively and efficiently while providing maximum safety by lowering imaging dose exposure,” said Luke Stikeleather, chief executive officer and founder of National Scoliosis Center.

Marie Meynadier, chief executive officer of EOS imaging, said, “With the addition of EOS to National Scoliosis Center’s offering, scoliosis patients and their families gain a convenient, comprehensive and de-risked approach to treatment. National Scoliosis Center is a pioneer in full-service bracing and we expect this trend to develop both in the US and abroad.”

 

The EOS system provides full-body stereo-radiographic 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, as well as related software solutions. The new EOS Micro Dose option, recently cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, brings paediatric spine follow-up exams at a dose level equivalent to a week of natural background radiation on Earth.