Private Clinics in Toronto First in North America to Offer Women Mammography With the Lowest Possible Dose

Mar 07, 2011, 08:59 ET from Sectra AB

TORONTO, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The women of Canada will soon benefit from low-dose mammography. Trillium Radiology Associates, which operates private diagnostic imaging facilities in Toronto and Mississauga, has invested in four digital mammography systems from the IT and medical technology company Sectra (NASDAQ OMX Stockholm: SECT B). The system was sold by Xtron Imaging Inc., Sectra's new distribution partner for Canada.

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Four of Trillium Imaging Associates' clinics ( http://www.radiologyassociates.ca) will be able to offer women mammography examinations with the same image quality at half the radiation dose of other healthcare providers in North America. This is achieved by using Sectra's unique photon counting (http://www.sectra.com/photon-counting) mammography system, Sectra MicroDose Mammography.

Canada is a large healthcare market. Today, most of the mammography systems in Canada are analog and there is growing demand for digital mammography systems.

"This is a strategic order for us as it is the first MicroDose order in North America. It will serve as an important reference for all of North America as well as being a first step into the highly quality-oriented Canadian healthcare market, in which women are very aware of their rights and well-being," says Jesper Soderqvist, President of Sectra's mammography operations.

With superior image quality, Sectra MicroDose Mammography generates half of the X-ray dose of any other mammography system, which is a huge benefit for examined women. Already today, this system contributes to significant reduction of radiation dose (http://newsroom.sectra.com/?p=589) in most major European mammography screening programs. It is installed in 18 European countries, as well as in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The availability of Sectra MicroDose Mammography on the US market is contingent on FDA approval.

About Sectra

Sectra develops and sells IT systems and products for radiology, mammography and orthopaedics. More than 1,100 hospitals, clinics and imaging centers worldwide use the systems daily, together performing over 52 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.

Sectra has offices in 12 countries and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2009/2010 fiscal year totaled SEK 848 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB exchange. Visit http://www.sectra.com

For additional information, contact:

Dr. Torbjorn Kronander, President, Sectra Imtec AB, +46-705-23-52-27

Bruce Shaw, CEO, Xtron Imaging, +1-905-670-5051

SOURCE Sectra AB