Mayo Clinic's EOS imaging systems can produce detailed 3-D X-ray images of the spine, similar to those of CT scans but at a much lower dose of radiation. This is particularly important for children because the damaging effects of X-ray radiation may accumulate with each exposure over the length of their lives.
Another cutting-edge imaging technique available at Mayo Clinic involves 3-D printing, which can create a physical model of the deformed area of spine so that doctors can better plan the sometimes complex surgeries needed for repair; for instance, for tumor surgery or congenital deformities.
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