The German mammography provider Radiologie Hofheim is the first clinic in the national mammography screening program in Germany to offer women the opportunity of a health control with osteoporosis detection. The assessment of bone health is made possible by Sectra’s patented online service, Sectra OneScreen (Link).
Post-menopausal women comprise a risk group for osteoporosis, one of the most painful and costly diseases in the world. In severe cases, osteoporosis can cause fractures which, in turn, can cause great suffering and, at worst, death.
“The ability to conduct a health control to identify osteoporosis means that many women can avoid unnecessary suffering. Offering this examination to women participating in the national screening program increases our service level and it may also result in major cost savings for society,” says Dr Andreas Korff at Hofheim.
With Sectra’s service, patients at high risk of fracture can be identified and treatment can be initiated. Additionally, Sectra’s service helps clinics identify women who should have their bone mineral density (BMD) further investigated using a DXA scanner.
Osteoporosis is a heavily under-diagnosed disease and a simple method for identifying patients requiring treatment is needed. The Sectra OneScreen online service is a cost-efficient solution for identifying patients at risk of osteoporosis. The service is well suited to the mammography workflow. After the four breast images included in the mammography examination, an image of the hand is acquired using the same radiology equipment. Since the woman is already standing by the modality, this adds no more than 30 seconds to the examination time. With the standard X-ray image of the hand, the women’s bone health (Bone Mineral Density, BMD) is analyzed using Sectra’s online service.
Clinics in Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, France and the UK have introduced Sectra OneScreen into their mammography programs.
The benefits of using Sectra’s online service to identify patients at risk of osteoporosis include:
Source: International Osteoporosis Foundation www.iofbonehealth.org
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