Klinikum Dortmund, a German hospital, has deployed EOS imaging’s EOS system which is designed to capture whole body images of a standing patient in a single scan, without any stitching or vertical distortion.

Klinikum Dortmund opened its spine centre, home to the EOS system, in 2006, for spinal surgery and other back pain treatments.

The centre is supported by an interdisciplinary group of surgeons from Klinikum Dortmund neurosurgery, orthopaedics and trauma departments and is renowned for its excellence.

In addition to the EOS system installation, Jean-Charles Le Huec, professor, chief of the spine unit and chair of the department of orthopaedics and traumatology at Bordeaux University Hospital in France, joined Dr Jörg Franke, director of the spine centre at Klinikum Dortmund, to host a daylong sagittal balance course training programme.

Dr Franke and Professor Le Huec led a seminar on the importance of sagittal balance assessment in the treatment of patients with back pain and reviewed case studies, which was attended by 25 German spinal surgeons.

The Sagittal balance assessment is derived using large size imaging and the calculation of lower limb, pelvic and spinal parameters that contribute together to the global patient posture.

"EOS’s full body 2D / 3D images and associated clinical parameters bring a long awaited solution to the patients and surgeons of Klinikum Dortmund."

Dr Franke said they were extremely satisfied to have the ability to incorporate EOS to their spinal care pathway and to strengthen the quality of their diagnosis, therapeutic strategy and surgical control with this technology.

"EOS’s full body 2D / 3D images and associated clinical parameters bring a long awaited solution to the patients and surgeons of Klinikum Dortmund and of its spine centre," Dr Franke said.

EOS imaging’s CEO, Marie Meynadier, said the Klinikum Dortmund spine centre has a state-of-the-art approach to spinal surgery and other back pain treatments, as demonstrated by the success of the Sagittal Balance course hosted by the site.

"This EOS installation is a great step towards the diffusion of the EOS technology in the German market," Meynadier said.

EOS imaging currently markets the system in 30 countries, including the US, Canada, Australia and across Europe.