New Orthopedic Imaging Reduces Radiation Exposure

Denver International Spine Center (DISC) is home to a new imaging and assessment suite, that provides full-body, 2D and 3D images of patients using low-dose radiation.

The full body imaging capabilities allow for comprehensive and accurate assessments of patients' spinal alignment and scoliosis, with the additional benefit of markedly reduced radiation exposure.

The Benefits

  • This system offers 50 to 85 percent less radiation than traditional X-ray systems and 95 percent less dose than basic computed tomography (CT) scans.
  • A full body exam takes less than 20 seconds for an adult and less than 15 seconds for a child. Total exam time for a full spine, including frontal and lateral views, takes about 4 minutes.
  • The exam produces simultaneous frontal and lateral images, which are then used to generate a 3D model of the patients' spine or lower limbs. The models provide surgeons highly detailed information about each patient's unique anatomy to help them diagnose patients.