New technology allows three-dimensional images using only a fraction of the radiation.
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MEDIA CONTACTGeo Morales, APR
ORLANDO, Fla. (Friday, May 08, 2015) — Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is receiving the latest in x-ray technology to reduce radiation exposure to young patients. The new system, called EOS, produces three-dimensional full-body images while using only 1/9 of the radiation from a traditional x-ray.
The EOS system, which will be utilized primarily by the pediatric orthopedic practice at Arnold Palmer Hospital, allows physicians to work more accurately and efficiently. An entire body scan takes about 20 seconds for an adult and about 15 seconds for a child. The system provides extremely detailed, high-quality images that can be reviewed instantly and improve a physician’s ability to see, diagnose and treat orthopedic conditions more effectively.
Physicians are currently developing newer protocols for the system that will decrease radiation exposure even further.
“The EOS system is a game-changer for patients we see frequently for any number of conditions affecting the spine, hip, or lower limbs,” says José Herrera-Soto, MD, director of the Arnold Palmer Hospital Center for Orthopedics. “It can provide us a complete 3D picture of the patient’s spine for more accurate diagnosis and treatment planning while greatly reducing the amount of radiation a patient is exposed to, which is a key concern for many parents.”
Arnold Palmer Hospital is the first hospital in Central Florida to feature EOS. Total cost for the system was $900,000. More than 3,000 patients a year are expected to benefit from the system and the first of those patients will be seen in mid-May at the hospital’s Center for Orthopedics.
About Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, supported by the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, is a 158-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children. Located in Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital provides expertise in pediatric specialties such as cardiac care, craniomaxillofacial surgery, emergency and trauma care, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and sports medicine.
In 2013, the hospital achieved Magnet designation, the “gold standard” for nursing’s contribution to quality patient care, safety, research, and service excellence. Visit www.arnoldpalmerhospital.com to learn more about all of our specialties.