EOS Imaging Helping Chiropractic

As Townsville chiropractors our treatment focuses on addressing spinal issues to relieve your symptoms, improve your mobility, and enhance your overall well-being.

The EOS X-ray Imaging System is a new x-ray scanning technology now available in Townsville. It can play a crucial role in diagnosing the cause of your symptoms and developing an effective personalised treatment plan.

In this blog, we will explore what EOS is and how it can be used to enhance your chiropractic care.



What is EOS imaging?

EOS full body imagingEOS imaging is a weight-bearing x-ray technology that allows chiropractors to see life-size, full-body frontal and lateral (side view) images of your spine in your natural standing position.

This natural postural assessment allows chiropractors, and other specialists, to evaluate your spinal alignment and the interactions between your spine and the rest of your spine and your pelvis, hips and lower limbs. It is especially beneficial in assessing conditions such as scoliosis and spinal deformities.


How does EOS work?

EOS imaging machineEOS is an imaging device that combines a Nobel prize-winning particle detector and an innovative linear scanning technique. With these two technologies EOS allows for whole body, frontal and lateral (side view) images to be x-rayed simultaneously with significant radiation reduction compared to conventional x-rays. During an EOS x-ray, you stand inside a scanning cabin where two very narrow x-ray beams (one vertical, one horizontal) scan your entire body to create 2D and 3D images of your spine and joints in an upright physically load-bearing position.


How long does EOS take?

An entire EOS body x-ray takes about 20 seconds and reduces the total procedure and setup time to less than four minutes, in comparison to traditional spinal x-rays that can take up to 20 minutes to complete.


What is EOS used for?

EOS X-rays are primarily used to assess your spinal alignment, including the shape of the curves in your neck, mid and lower back. It also shows us scoliosis, or twisting, in the spine and pelvis. This can improve our ability to see, diagnose and treat your conditions more accurately and effectively.


What is the EOS radiation dose?

The radiation dose for an EOS x-ray is 9 times less than conventional x-ray imaging systems. This makes it a much more suitable option for x-raying children and young people, particularly young women.



Do I need an EOS of my spine?

You may not personally need an EOS scan at all.

There are two main reasons we would refer you for an x-ray of any form:

  1. Scoliosis and normal spine comparisonWhen we need more detailed information to form an accurate diagnosis of what is causing your problems – for some patients we need to visualise the spine and surrounding structures to design the best treatment plan and, in these cases, we will order an EOS or other x-ray imaging
  2. We are not completely happy with the current results from your chiropractic treatment and want to examine the structure of your spine to gain additional information to help improve your future results

We only x-ray patients when we believe the information to be gained will enhance treatment and the resulting outcomes.


How can EOS improve Chiropractic care?

  1. Improved Assessment: EOS gives us an all-inclusive view of the spine, pelvis, and lower extremities in both 2D and 3D forms. Unlike traditional x-ray systems, EOS captures images in a weight-bearing position, allowing us to assess spinal alignment, spinal curvatures and joint mechanics under physical load. This comprehensive assessment enables chiropractors to identify subtle misalignments, spinal curvature abnormalities, scoliosis, joint degeneration, and other structural abnormalities, all of which may contribute to pain and dysfunction.
  2. Identification of Underlying Structural Issues: With some patients, issues can stem from underlying structural abnormalities that may contribute to spinal pain, stiffness, or reduced mobility which are not readily apparent without advanced imaging. By accurately pinpointing any underlying cause of symptoms we can target treatments more effectively, addressing underlying structural issues and promoting long-term relief and stability with greater precision.
  3. Personalized Treatment Planning: EOS x-rays allow us to visualise the spine’s 3D structure and biomechanics. It helps us determine the most appropriate adjustments and therapeutic exercises to optimise treatment and promote long-term healing and recovery.


How much does an EOS scan cost?

EOS scans are fully bulk billed through Medicare, provided you are referred by one of our chiropractors and have a current Medicare card. In fact, in Townsville, you don’t even need to book ahead – you simply walk in, have your x-ray and walk out again.




When can I get my results?

EOS musculoskeletal imagingA trained radiologist interprets the images and provides a full detailed report to your chiropractor, usually within 24 hours. Your Townsville chiropractor will then review the EOS x-ray results with you at your next chiropractic appointment.




The EOS X-ray Imaging System represents a significant advancement in the field of chiropractic care, offering the ability to conduct comprehensive assessments, make precise diagnoses, develop personalised treatment plans, enhance patient education, monitor progress, and collaborate with other healthcare providers.

This helps us deliver a higher quality of care, improve patient outcomes, and raise the standard of chiropractic care.



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  • Hirsch, B. P., Unnanuntana, A., Cunningham, M. E., & Lane, J. M. (2015). Digital imaging: an essential component of orthopaedic surgery. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 97(14), 1204-1213.
  • Marouen, S., Bahlouli, N., Selmi, T., Dallel, S., Bouchoucha, S., & Ben Abdelghani, K. (2019). EOS low-dose biplanar X-ray imaging: applications in pediatric and adult musculoskeletal pathology. Orthopaedics & Traumatology: Surgery & Research, 105(1), 169-177.
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