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Kristin Julian Sohr Cancer Research Fund

                              Could anything have saved Kristin?  No one really knows for sure, however, had she had  a bone scan, her tumor would have been identified instantly.


The KJS Fund is actively advocating that a first bone scan screening take place at the age of 10 years old, and follow-up bone scans recommended every 5 years thereafter.  Sounds very aggressive? Not really.  Bone scans not only reveal tumors, but can help diagnose many other conditions such as scoliosis, abuse and arthritis. 


But what about the cost, the time and the radiation? The conventional bone scan that is used currently is a source of all those concerns.  However, the KJS Fund, through research and determination, has found an alternative to the conventional bone scan. We may be on the verge of a landmark breakthrough in scanning and saving lives.


Lodox, a South African company, has developed the Statscan Critical Imaging System which is a flexible format digital radiography (DR) system, providing a very high quality radiographic image of any size in just seconds, using an X-ray dose estimated to be 75% less dose then equivalent techniques.  These systems were developed in the diamond mines of South Africa to scan the mine workers for possible theft of diamonds as they left the mine after their shift.  This incredibly innovative system has been modified for medical use and is here in the United States.


At present, these systems are used only in trauma units in specific hospitals throughout the United States.  Lodox systems are portable, provding instant results with high resolution and low radiation. Members of the KJS Fund Board have met several times with Lodox officials to discuss the evolution of bringing this technology to the public, as a screening tool.  Lodox has created a standing booth system (similar to an instant picture booth), in which a client can enter the booth fully clothed and have a full body scan in 34 seconds. The images are then sent electronically to a trained radiologist to be read.  The results of your scan are either sent to you or to your primary care doctor.  It would be that easy.


Of course, there are many factors and details to be worked out. For instance, who pays for this scan and how much?  Or, where would I go to have this scan done? Is it really beneficial to have a scan every 5 years? The KJS Fund Board members are hard at work negotiating with Lodox and potential partners to answer those questions and make this venture a reality.  Many, many lives would be saved.


For more information about Lodox, visit them on the web at www.lodox.com



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