Clinics acquire low-dose digital
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
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
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.
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