Personal experience with whole-body, low-dosage, digital X-ray scanning (LODOX-Statscan) in trauma

Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2009 Sep 12:17:41. doi: 10.1186/1757-7241-17-41.


Background: Lodox-Statscan is a whole-body, skeletal and soft-tissue, low-dose X-ray scanner Anterior-posterior and lateral thoraco-abdominal studies are obtained in 3-5 minutes with only about one-third of the radiation required for conventional radiography. Since its approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA, several trauma centers have incorporated this technology into their Advanced Trauma Life Support protocols. This review provides a brief overview of the system, and describes the authors' own experience with the system.

Methods: We performed a PubMed search to retrieve all references with 'Lodox' and 'Stat-scan' used as search terms. We furthermore used the google search engine to identify existing alternatives. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only FDA-approved device of its kind currently used in trauma.

Results and conclusion: The intention of our review has been to sensitize the readership that such alternative devices exist. The key message is that low dosage full body radiography may be an alternative to conventional resuscitation room radiography which is usually a prelude to CT scanning (ATLS algorithm). The combination of both is radiation intensive and therefore we consider any reduction of radiation a success. But only the future will show whether LS will survive in the face of low-dose radiation CT scanners and magnetic resonance imaging devices that may eventually completely replace conventional radiography.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Radiation Dosage*
  • Radiography
  • Review Literature as Topic
  • United States
  • Whole-Body Irradiation / methods*
  • Wounds and Injuries / diagnostic imaging*