US breast center introduces osteoporosis testing together with mammography screening
Allison Breast Center, Richmond, VA, in the US has deployed Sectra OneScreen from the medical imaging IT company, Sectra (STO: SECT B). This will allow Allison Breast Center to offer women osteoporosis testing through a hand x-ray taken at the conclusion of the screening mammogram. Allison Breast Center will be the first breast center in the US to offer women this opportunity in combination with mammography.
“We can now offer our patients osteoporosis screening in conjunction with their annual mammogram,” says General Manager, Gillian Bigg, SRN. “We have accomplished an important core value of providing low radiation dose of breast and bone. Additionally, the ability to provide an inexpensive and convenient method of determining osteoporosis risk is a competitive advantage for our practice.”
Sectra OneScreen is a simple first step in identifying patients in the risk group for osteoporosis. The service is based on a single, standard x-ray of the hand which is taken on the same equipment as the breast images. There is no need for additional investment in equipment, staff, or examination rooms. Sectra OneScreen provides a fraction of the dose received in a traditional osteoporosis examination. The method is supported by strong medical evidence and has a proven capacity, comparable with other prevailing methods, as a predictor of future fractures but at a significantly lower cost.
“Early recognition of osteoporosis enables preventative treatment and slows down the progress of the disease. With one in three women susceptible to osteoporosis, we can make a significant impact on women’s health,” says Sectra President of North America, Mikael Anden.
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Sectra develops and sells IT systems and services for radiology, women’s health, orthopaedics and rheumatology. More than 1,400 hospitals, clinics and imaging centers worldwide use the systems daily, together performing over 70 million radiology examinations annually. This makes Sectra one of the world-leading companies within systems for handling digital radiology images. In Scandinavia, Sectra is the market leader with more than 50% of all film-free installations. Sectra’s systems have been installed in North America, Scandinavia and most major countries in Europe and the Far East.
Sectra was founded in 1978 and has its roots in Linköping University in Sweden. The company’s business operation includes cutting-edge products and services within the niche segments of medical systems and secure communication systems. Sectra has offices in 12 countries and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2012/2013 fiscal year totaled SEK 817 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB exchange. For more information, visit www.sectra.com