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1,000th Woman Identified Using Sectra's Analysis Method - European Mammography Clinics Mark Milestone in the Struggle Against Osteoporosis
Date:2/23/2012

SHELTON, Connecticut, February 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --



One thousand women in Europe at very high risk of contracting osteoporosis have now been identified as a result of the Sectra OneScreen online service. Women who can now drastically reduce the risk of painful fractures because inexpensive and effective treatment of the disease is available.  Increasing numbers of mammography clinics throughout Europe are using this service to screen for osteoporosis, an initiative that enhances women's quality of life, reduces unnecessary suffering and enables major savings in healthcare by reducing the number of fractures caused by osteoporosis.

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"Regular mammography examinations are natural for most women. Now there is an effective method that enables the early identification of osteoporosis at the same time using bone-density measurements. This may mean that many women will avoid unnecessary suffering," says Torbjörn Kronander, President of Sectra's medical operation.

Osteoporosis is an underdiagnosed disease and there is great need for simple, cost-effective methods of identifying patients in need of treatment. With Sectra's method, an x-ray of the hand provides the basis for an osteoporosis diagnosis. The image is taken at the same time as the breast images during the mammogram and using the same digital radiology equipment. The extra examination takes less than 30 seconds. An Internet connection and a digital radiology equipment are required for using this service.

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Osteoporosis can be identified by measuring bone density. Sectra's analysis of bone density is conducted using Sectra's patented technology, Digital X-ray Radiogrammetry (DXR).  With the help of this technology, women in the osteoporosis risk group can be identified and offe
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