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Diagnostic imaging

Clinics acquire low-dose digital mammography systems

TORONTO – Trillium Radiology Associates, which operates private diagnostic imaging facilities in Toronto and Mississauga, Ont., has invested in four digital mammography systems from the IT and medical technology company Sectra.

The system was sold by Xtron Imaging Inc., Sectra’s new distribution partner for Canada. Four of Trillium Imaging Associates’ clinics (http://www.radiologyassociates.ca) will be able to offer women mammography examinations with the same image-quality at half the radiation dose of other healthcare providers in North America, Sectra said.

Radiation dose has become a major issue in recent years, with healthcare providers and radiology equipment vendors actively working to reduce the amount of ionizing radiation given to patients during exams.

Sectra said its own solution has been achieved by using a unique photon counting (http://www.sectra.com/photon-counting) mammography system, a solution known as Sectra MicroDose Mammography.

According to Sectra, most of the mammography systems in Canada today are analog and there is growing demand for digital mammography systems.

“This is a strategic order for us as it is the first MicroDose order in North America,” said Jesper Soderqvist, President of Sectra’s mammography operations. “It will serve as an important reference for all of North America, as well as being a first step into the highly quality-oriented Canadian healthcare market, in which women are very aware of their rights and well-being.”

With superior image quality, Sectra MicroDose Mammography generates half of the X-ray dose of any other mammography system, which is a huge benefit for examined women. Already today, this system contributes to significant reduction of radiation dose in most major European mammography screening programs.

It is installed in 18 European countries, as well as in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The availability of Sectra MicroDose Mammography in the US market is contingent on FDA approval.

About Sectra
Sectra develops and sells IT systems and products for radiology, mammography and orthopaedics. More than 1,100 hospitals, clinics and imaging centers worldwide use the systems daily, together performing over 52 million radiology examinations annually. This makes Sectra one of the world-leading companies within systems for handling digital radiology images. Sectra’s systems have been installed in North America, Scandinavia and most major countries in Europe and the Far East.



Posted March 10, 2011

 

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