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SHELTON, Conn., Oct. 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.
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
About Allison Breast Center
Located in Richmond Virginia, the practice is owned and run by Dr. Michael Bigg, a highly trained radiologist with a fellowship in body imaging and over 30 years of experience in diagnostic imaging, including six years formal radiology training. He also holds a Harvard Law Degree. Allison Breast Center has some of the most advanced digital mammography equipment available and provides their patients with high definition images, while using the lowest possible radiation dose. All patients have a personal consultation at no extra cost with Dr. Bigg immediately after their procedure. For more information, visit http://www.monumentradiology.com
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