Third EOS System Established at Nemours
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, April 12th, 2017
Nemours Children’s Health System must be very pleased with EOS imaging, as it has acquired a third system for its little patients. The first two sales of the EOS system in the Nemours Children’s Health System were to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and Nemours Children’s Specialty Care in Jacksonville, Florida.
“We've been using EOS imaging at duPont Hospital for Children for just over five years. It offers so many benefits for our patients, including substantially less radiation exposure than existing x-ray equipment and better quality images of the entire spine and limbs in a standing position. The process takes just seconds and allows physicians the ability to study the spine in three dimensions, so we can better classify and treat complex deformities and provide our patients with better outcomes,” says Suken A. Shah, M.D., division chief, Nemours Spine and Scoliosis Center, in the March 8, 2017 news release. Dr. Shah practices in Wilmington, Delaware.
Marie Meynadier, CEO of EOS imaging, said, “Nemours is dedicated to providing advanced care to children, and we are pleased that they are adopting our solution as part of their standard of care for patients in their network. Nemours has been at the forefront of advocating low dose 3D imaging, and the Wilmington location was also recently the first in the U.S. to use our new EOS chair for non-ambulatory patient imaging. We look forward to serving their health professionals and patients for better care.”
Dr. Shah, also clinical fellowship director at Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont, told OTW, “From a practitioner’s standpoint, the imaging that we obtain from EOS is much better than the imaging we used to receive from conventional X-ray. You would think with low dose radiation, you would sacrifice in the quality of the images, but that is not the case. The images are actually better. We can also create a 3D rendering of the patient, which is helpful from a surgeon’s perspective…scoliosis is a three dimensional disorder—we need to see it in 3D to study it and treat it.”
“Parents will drive to a location that has EOS over another provider in order to be imaged with the lowest dose possible and be seen at one of the facilities. The primary issue with traditional imaging is that radiation is cumulative; and, we need to be careful about every X-ray we obtain. We think that overall, we can decrease a child’s risk of getting cancer when they are older. Parents like being a part of this innovative technology, and they like that we are thinking of their child beyond the scoliosis and considering long-term effects.“
“EOS is not just a spine-related device,” says Dr. Shah, associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Pediatrics at the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Any orthopedic surgeon can benefit—joint replacement, lower limb deformity and reconstruction—and it is better for those patients. From an x-ray technologist’s standpoint as well, they do not have to repeat shoots, change heavy cassettes, or move around bulky equipment; and, they can x-ray more people per hour because they workflow is much more efficient.”