Technology | December 20, 2012

Sectra Bone Density Analysis

Half of all middle-aged women in Sweden will suffer from osteoporosis and 80 percent will not even be diagnosed

Sectra OneScreen RSNA 2012 Osteoporosis Women's Healthcare

December 20, 2012 — In Sweden, 70,000 fractures are caused by osteoporosis every year. It is one of the most expensive diseases and is estimated to cost society about SEK 4.6 billion annually. Today, osteoporosis can be diagnosed using a simple Swedish method and treated with inexpensive and effective medication. If all women over the age of 65 were examined in conjunction with their mammography examination, the progression of the disease could essentially be stopped. This would also entail major savings for taxpayers.

Osteoporosis primarily affects women, particularly after menopause, and causes skeletal fractures and severe pain. An osteoporosis fracture often entails major consequences for the individual. Only 30 percent regain their physical status after a femur-neck fracture.

Unfortunately knowledge about osteoporosis remains inadequate among many of those working in the health and medical care sector, which causes many people to go for extended periods without help, thus making the disease difficult to treat despite the availability of inexpensive and effective treatments.

Almost no one knows that they have osteoporosis, which is why it afflicts so many. Sweden has one of the highest rates of osteoporosis and upwards of 80 percent of all of those suffering from the disease do not receive treatment. One way of avoiding this is the early diagnosis of patients who require treatment. Sectra has a simple method to identify people who are at risk of developing osteoporosis. The identification of people at risk is crucial since most of those who suffer from osteoporosis are not aware of it before an injury occurs. Effective treatments that can prevent many fractures are currently available.

Independent assessments also indicate that taxpayers would gain considerable savings by identifying those at risk of osteoporosis and offering further examination and treatment.

Almost no one knows that they have osteoporosis, which is why it afflicts so many. Sectra’s method is identifying osteoporosis by measuring bone density. Sectra’s bone-density analysis, Sectra OneScreen, is based on radiology images of a patient’s hand. The image can easily be taken at the regular mammography examination.

For more information: www.sectra.com/medical

Related Content

The Revolution Apex intelligent computed tomography (CT) scanner

The Revolution Apex intelligent computed tomography (CT) scanner. Image courtesy of GE Healthcare.

News | RSNA | October 18, 2019
At the 2019 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2019), Dec. 1-6 in Chicago, GE Healthcare...
While electronic medical record systems have helped consolidate most patient data into one location, medical imaging IT systems has proved to be more difficult to replicate by large EMR vendors. This has made room in the market for third-party radiology IT vendors that allow easy integration with the larger EMRs like Epic and Cerner. This image shows Agfa's enterprise imaging system, leveraging its ability to be accessed anywhere with internet connection and pull images from radiology and surgery.

While electronic medical record systems have helped consolidate most patient data into one location, medical imaging IT systems has proved to be more difficult to replicate by large EMR vendors. This has made room in the market for third-party radiology information system vendors that allow easy integration with the larger EMRs like Epic and Cerner. This image shows Agfa's enterprise imaging system, leveraging its ability to be accessed anywhere with an internet connection and able to pull in images from both radiology and surgery. 

Feature | Enterprise Imaging | October 17, 2019 | Steve Holloway
October 17, 2019 — The growing influence and uptake of electronic medical records (EMRs) in healthcare has driven deb
A patient prepares to have a tomosynthesis-guided prone breast biopsy using the Hologic Affirm prone biopsy system.

A patient prepares to have a tomosynthesis-guided prone breast biopsy using the Hologic Affirm prone biopsy system.

Feature | Breast Biopsy Systems | October 17, 2019 | By Harriet Borofsky, M.D.
The current body of research supporting...
Feature | Breast Imaging | October 16, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis
On Jan. 1, 2017, the U.S.
Genia Sutton, intGenia Sutton, interim director of radiology

Genia Sutton, interim director of radiology, has seen the benefit to patients. “Five minutes is a lot of time if you are thinking you may have breast cancer,” she said. “Now, technologists aren’t as rushed. They can give a more personal touch because they can spend more time with their patients.”

Sponsored Content | Case Study | Mammography | October 10, 2019
When Cullman Regional Medical Center in Alabama decided to
Hologic, Inc.’s Company’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Steve MacMillan, joined a number of employees to ring the Nasdaq Opening Bell for the 14th consecutive year on Oct. 2
News | Women's Health | October 04, 2019
Hologic, Inc.’s Company’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer ...
Breast cancer awareness month is October
News | Clinical Case Studies | October 03, 2019
A decades-long decline in the breast cancer death rate continues, but has begun to slow in recent years, while breast
Volpara's breast density scale

Levels of breast density.

News | Women's Health | October 01, 2019
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2019,...
University of Arizona to Develop New CT-Based Breast Cancer Diagnostic Imaging Method
News | Breast Imaging | September 27, 2019
Researchers at the University of Arizona Health Sciences are seeking a new and more accurate way to diagnose breast...
Partial and Whole-Breast Radiotherapy After Lumpectomy Provide Equally Satisfying Cosmetic Results
News | Radiation Therapy | September 25, 2019
Whole breast radiation and partial breast radiation following a lumpectomy yield similar cosmetic outcomes for women...