Medical Minute: 3D X-ray gives doctors a closer look at patients

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A new 3-D X-ray machine at the Baylor Scott &I White Roney Bone and Joint Institute is giving doctors a much closer look at their patients.

The X-ray machine is called an EOS and it allows doctors to see every nook and cranny of the human body.

The machine has also improved the way doctors are able to diagnose patients.

Dr. Chris Souder said the EOS gives doctors a full 360 degree view of the human body rather than a one dimensional image.

He also said the machine is better for a patient’s health.

"It give them less radiation exposure while we are still getting really good quality X-rays. The X-rays from this are better than those that use higher levels of radiation," Souder said.

Gale Casper had double knee replacement surgery six months ago.

She said she was pleased the process didn't hurt and was a lot easier.

"It's great the machine does all the work, you don’t have to move around, you don't have to lay down on the table, It's much more comfortable," Casper said.

Souder said the EOS is often used to treat patients who suffer from scoliosis, because it shows doctors if a patient needs a back brace or surgery.

"Were able to really see how the bones rotate and how they create a curvature or curve in your back," Souder said.