Published on September 15, 2021

Full-body imaging introduced at Essentia Health in Duluth

Essentia Health is continuing to bring state-of-the-art technology to Duluth. By adding an EOSedge body-imaging machine, Essentia is the only health care facility in our region to deploy this system.

“When you see what this technology can do for patients, it’s amazing,” said Eric Hill, Essentia’s director of diagnostic imaging. “It really advances patient care and provides higher-quality outcomes.”

The biggest advantage of the EOSedge is the ability to quickly capture functional, high-resolution images of large areas of patients, which will help diagnose a wide variety of patients. The machine uses photon-counting technology, allowing for low-dose radiation imaging that is captured in 20 seconds or less.

The machine offers a convenient way to capture full-body images. Patients can stand in the machine while it takes front and side images simultaneously. This is different than similar imaging equipment that usually has to take multiple pictures and typically requires the patient to lay down.

When it comes to surgery, physicians are able to manipulate the photos prior to beginning a procedure to establish the optimal course of action, ensuring the best possible outcome.

“Now we know in advance what to expect before going into surgery,” said Walter Emerson, diagnostic imaging manager at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center. “This allows us to plan the measurements, what device is needed and all the other nuances that come with these surgeries.”

Essentia will be able to scan up to 150 patients per day and deliver complex exams in less than four minutes.

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