(11/07/12) - It won the Nobel prize for technology, and is considered the biggest advance in imaging since the X-Ray was invented. This new technology is changing lives.
Kate Gordon has always had high hopes for a career in sports. "Play soccer for the Olympics, yeah, in that category."
Then she found out she had scoliosis. "Like, do I need surgery? What will happen in the future?"
Kids like Kate need to get two X-rays a year to monitor their spine, until they stop growing.
Her mom was concerned about excessive radiation. "Especially since she hadn't entered her growth spurt yet."
Dr. Suken A. Shah says that is where new technology, called EOS, comes in. "It's the biggest development in x-rays since the invention of x-rays."
The EOS imaging system takes a full body scan in minutes, and emits up to 90 percent less radiation than a traditional CT scan.
"It might prevent their chance of having a malignancy as an adult," Shah said.
The machine gives physicians the ability to study Kate's spine in 3-D. "The clarity and the detail is much better than we were ever able to see on conventional X-rays."
And, Shah says, that's allowing them to better treat patients. You can see the 3-dimensional deformity where there's a rib hump on this side and there's quite a twist up to the spine and we've been able to eliminate a lot of that with this new instrumentation.
EOSimaging isn't just used to scan the spine. it can also be used for other parts of the body.
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