Image: The OneScreen Digital X-Ray Radiogrammetry (DXR) exam of the hand (Photo courtesy of Sectra).
A private care provider in Sweden and a large medical Internet Technology (IT) vendor have join forces to offer preventive bone health testing for people with osteoporosis risk factors.
The screening program is intended to enable preventive measures to be taken, which can reduce or avoid the risk of fractures. Half of all women in Sweden will suffer from a painful bone fracture, usually following menopause, as a result of osteoporosis, which can lead to long-term disabilities.
The OneScreen bone density analysis technology was developed by Sectra (Linköping, Sweden) and is being used by Unilabs (Stockholm, Sweden), a private care provider, to provide preventive bone health testing. The examination is carried out either together with a mammography exam at Unilabs, or separately at a Unilabs radiology clinic. The Sectra OneScreen test uses Digital X-Ray Radiogrammetry (DXR), and is based on a radiology image of the hand. Those individuals who are determined to have a high risk of osteoporosis will receive a further exam and treatment if needed. Studies have shown that the Sectra OneScreen technology can be used for effective osteoporosis care, to identify those patients at risk.
Charlotta Wikström, head of Unilabs’ radiology operation, said, “Thanks to our cooperation with Sectra, we now have the opportunity to offer a complete treatment chain for this serious disease, from initial risk assessment to follow-up and possibly further examinations and treatment.”