SAN DIEGO—Doctors at Rady Children's Hospital unveils one of the first pediatric 3-D imaging system in the nation. It's called EOS, an ultra-low dose imaging system for patients such as 10 year old Camilla Zanetti who suffers from scoliosis. The scanner can also take pictures of lower extremities. The good news, doctors say this machine reduces radiation exposure up to nine times!
"We can image children, many many times, 8 times 10 times for the same exposure that they would get with just one radio-graph," said Dr. Peter Newton.
The scan is quick easy and painless, All you do is step in the booth, put your hands up, hold still and let the machine do it's magic. The test takes less than 20 seconds.
"I don't feel anything," said Zanetti. "It's nice because I actually get to see it move around."
The machine cost around $500,00. Doctors are calling it a breakthrough for orthopedic pictures. They say it will help prepare for surgeries.
"It will give us a lot of new capabilities of how we understand scoliosis and make decisions on how to treat some of these kids," said Newton.