Sectra signs agreement with teleradiology provider to improve post-operative follow-up for orthopaedic customers
Linköping, Sweden – November 9, 2017 – International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra (STO: SECT B) signs agreement with the global teleradiology provider Telemedicine Clinic (TMC). Through this agreement, Sectra can now offer its orthopaedic customers access to the service Sectra Implant Movement Analysis. Radiologists at TMC will analyze images sent through Sectra’s online service to determine whether or not a patient’s implant is loose. This will enable orthopaedists to understand post-operative chronic pain without performing surgery again, thereby cutting costs and reducing risk for the patients. Initially, Sectra and TMC will provide this service to orthopaedic surgeons in Sweden.
Patients who have implants may experience chronic pain following orthopaedic surgery. Sometimes, the pain is due to the fact that the implant is loose, or even broken. The new service enables detection of loose or broken implants earlier than with conventional radiographic examination. With the new agreement between Sectra and TMC, orthopaedists can request two CT images of the patient and digitally submit those to Sectra’s online service Sectra Implant Movement Analysis. Radiologists at TMC will analyze these images using Sectra’s software and send back a report clearly showing whether or not the patient’s implant is loose.
“I am very excited to be able to offer our customers the ability to improve the efficiency and quality of post-operative follow-up,” says Gustaf Schwang, General Manager Business Unit Orthopeadics, Sectra. “TMC’s global reach enables us to provide excellent service to our customers today and to expand the service outside Sweden when the time is right.”
TMC is an international diagnostic group with offices in Reading, UK, Sydney, Australia and Barcelona, Spain. TMC was established in 2002 to meet the increasing demand for diagnostic expertise in many European regions in which a scarcity of access to subspecialized radiologists has created problems in the delivery of healthcare services. Today, TMC’s medical team provides radiology reports to more than 135 European hospitals. TMC has used Sectra PACS for its teleradiology business since 2007.
“We are proud that Sectra has chosen to work with TMC to deliver this valuable diagnostic service,” says Henrik Agrell, Managing Director for Telemedicine Clinic Scandinavia. “It is a recognition of our focus on quality and teleradiology provided by subspecialized radiologists. It is also a great opportunity for our radiologists to work with a new technology that will have a real impact on quality of care and healthcare costs.”
About Sectra Implant Movement Analysis
Sectra Implant Movement Analysis gives orthopaedists a clear answer to whether or not a patient’s implant is loose, without having to perform surgery. Patients experiencing chronic pain following orthopaedic surgery can thereby avoid unnecessary risks.
Two low-dose CT images of the patient are taken: one in flexion and one in extension. The images are submitted for analysis using Sectra’s online service. Within 72 hours, the hospital receives a report that clearly states whether or not the implant is loose. The report also includes images, which enables orthopaedists to see where the implant is loose so that they can better plan surgery. Sectra Implant Movement Analysis is currently suitable for patients with hip, spine, or neck implants.
Sectra Implant Movement Analysis was developed in collaboration with researchers at the Karolinska based on their research results and supported by the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova.
Experience the solutions at RSNA 2017
Meet Sectra at RSNA in booth #6113 where we will showcase Sectra Implant Movement Analysis as well as Sectra’s orthopaedic pre-operative planning tools for 2D and 3D images. Read more and book a meeting with Sectra at RSNA.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Torbjörn Kronander, CEO and President Sectra AB, +46 (0) 705 23 52 27
Gustaf Schwang, General Manager of Business Unit Orthopeadics at Sectra, +46 (0) 734 16 08 10
Sectra assists hospitals throughout the world to enhance the efficiency of care, and authorities and defense forces in Europe to protect society’s most sensitive information. Thereby, Sectra contributes to a healthier and safer society. The company was founded in 1978, has its head office in Linköping, Sweden, with subsidiaries in 15 countries, and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2016/2017 fiscal year totaled SEK 1,141 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange. For more information, visit www.sectra.com
In the medical market, Sectra develops and sells IT solutions for the management and communication of all types of medical images—primarily in radiology, mammography, pathology, cardiology and orthopaedics, as well as other departments where medical images are used. Sectra has a strategic focus on making cancer care more efficient. More than 1,700 hospitals, clinics and imaging centers worldwide use Sectra’s systems daily. This makes Sectra one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions for managing medical images and patient information. The company commands a market-leading position in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Portugal, holds a prominent position in the UK and is growing in the US. Sectra has delivered some of the largest installations of medical IT systems worldwide and its systems have been installed in North America, Scandinavia and most major countries in Europe and the Far East.