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Allison Breast Center Becomes First US Site To Offer Osteoporosis Testing Together With Mammography Screening

SHELTON, Connecticut, October 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Allison Breast Center, Richmond, VA has deployed Sectra OneScreen from international 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.

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"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.

About Sectra

With more than 20 years in the business, Sectra develops and sells IT systems and services for radiology, women's health, orthopedics 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. Sectra's systems have been installed in North America, Scandinavia and most major countries in Europe and the Far East. For more information, visit http://www.sectra.com

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