EOS Imaging System Installed at Shriners Hospital

Kids with scoliosis and other spinal deformities are among the patients who will benefit from a new EOS Imaging System installed at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

EOS is an innovative imaging technology that uses significantly less radiation than traditional x-rays. EOS provides full-body images of patients in a natural standing or seated position in both 2D and 3D.  These weight-bearing images reveal a patient’s natural posture and allow physicians to analyze the interactions between bones, joints and ligaments from different angles.

“At Shriners Hospital we treat several hundred children a year with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and scores with early onset congenital scoliosis. Our new EOS system will allow three-dimensional spinal imaging while only exposing patients to one twentieth (1/20th) of the radiation dose associated with regular diagnostic radiographs,” says spine surgeon Rolando F. Roberto, M.D.

“This technology is also used in the treatment of upper and lower limb disorders, improving our treatment precision.  As the ionizing radiation dose delivered is as low as reasonable achievable, this imaging modality is much safer than standard diagnostic imaging,” Dr. Roberto adds.

The EOS project was funded by donations from individuals and foundations throughout the regions served by the Northern California Shriners Hospital. Trudy C. Severtson provided the lead gift for the project with her donation of $450,000.  Also donating directly to the EOS project were the Armrod Charitable Foundation ($250,000), the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation ($145,000) and the AJL Charitable Foundation ($60,000).

U.S. News and World Report ranks Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California as a national leader in pediatric orthopaedics. The adoption of the EOS technology represents the hospital’s commitment to provide children with safe alternatives and innovative care.


Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.  Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000.

Media Contact:  Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 | ccurran@shrinenet.org

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