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Gift Provides SMB Orthopaedics with Suffolk County’s Only EOS Machine

Eos machine visit
Eos machine visit
From left to right: Carolyn Milana, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics; Irina Gulina; Sergey Butkevich; patient Alice Sparks; and James M. Barsi, MD. Photo by Tyler Mooney.

‘Innovative Alternative’ Produces High-Quality Images with Minimal Radiation Exposure

Thanks to the generous support of Setauket, NY residents Sergey Butkevich, PhD, and his wife, Irina, Stony Brook Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedics proudly houses Suffolk County’s only Emerging Orthogonal System (EOS) machine, which can significantly reduce radiation exposure by up to 90 percent.

The innovative imaging alternative is invaluable for treating chronic skeletal and musculoskeletal conditions, such as scoliosis. The unique design and low-dose imaging of this machine make it ideal for pediatric orthopaedic patients who are more sensitive to the harmful effects of radiation and often need multiple x-rays over time.

Stony Brook orthopaedic surgeon James M. Barsi, MD, said there have been many benefits over traditional x-rays since the machine was installed. “It is a faster scan with less radiation, and it is much easier to use. With regular x-rays, many parents were not as amenable, but knowing there is minimal radiation, they are comfortable having their child step into the machine for scans.” The EOS imaging system provides full 2D and 3D images of patients, which can be used to make accurate diagnoses and treatment plans for patients with spine disorders.

Butkevich, who has two children, said he is thrilled to be able to make a contribution that will help so many people, and he understands how important it is to limit their exposure to radiation. “I am very happy that I was able to help in a small but meaningful way to help reduce X-ray radiation exposure to Long Island children during their orthopaedic care.”

Read the full story on SB Matters.

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