28. October 2010 17:02
Private healthcare provider Aspen Healthcare has invested in an IT solution to combine mammography and osteoporosis screening.
Holly House Hospital, Essex is the first hospital in the UK to use this solution from Sectra, which includes a low-dose mammography solution.
Osteoporosis-related fractures are a major health threat for women. Recent global initiatives advocate screening for osteoporosis, as early treatment can reduce the danger of losing mobility.
Sectra's solution will enable female patients to combine mammography with osteoporosis screening in a single visit. Women presenting for mammography at Holly House will now be offered a bone density scan based on a single radiology image of the hand. The dxr-online service provides a simple and cost-effective way to identify patients at risk of fractures.
"We are extremely excited to be using these exceptional technologies for our mammography and osteoporosis services," said Allyson Budino, Manager of the Diagnostic Centre at Holly House Hospital. "The dxr-online service has enabled us to safely monitor patients' bone mineral density on a regular basis, providing early indication of the risk of developing osteoporosis and therefore giving the patient the opportunity for a better quality of life."
"Our technology is to be used as a component in the risk evaluation of future fractures and is one of the most efficient ways to detect women in the risk zone," commented Jakob Algulin, Manager of Sectra's rheumatology business line.
Sectra's mammography system, Sectra MicroDose Mammography, generates the lowest radiation dose of any system on the market. Breast tissue is sensitive to radiation, and it is therefore crucial that the dose is minimised.
Sectra is a leading global provider of PACS digital radiology systems.
Sectra MicroDose mammography