Spanish Hospital orders low-radiation mammography units from Sectra

11 September 2007

The Oncológico hospital in San Sebastián, Spain, has invested in a complete digital mammography solution from the Swedish IT and medical-technology company Sectra (STO:SECTB).

The order comprises four Sectra MicroDose mammography units and breast-imaging PACS, for managing and archiving digital breast images.

Two of the systems will be installed at Hospital Oncológico for performing 80 screening examinations and 50 clinical examinations daily. The other two systems will be installed at the Javier de Barkaiztegui annex in downtown San Sebastián, a screening site that performs 80 examinations per day.

”We chose Sectra MicroDose Mammography because of the workflow advantages but, most importantly, we will avoid exposing women to higher radiation levels than necessary while maintaining high image quality. This will be of great benefit to the women visiting our hospital,” says Dr. Imaña at Hospital Oncológico.

“The transition from film-based to digital mammography is in full progress and this order is a further important advance into the Spanish mammography market,” says Carlos Cardoso, Vice President for Sectra Iberia.

The digital equipment reduces the radiation doses women receive during a mammography examination – without compromising image quality. In addition, the images are displayed on computer screens thereby eliminating film and film developing.

Sectra’s solution, Sectra MicroDose Mammography, is based on unique photon-counting technology and provides the lowest radiation dose on the market, unsurpassed throughput, customized workflow and outstanding ergonomics. This ensures safe, stress-free and quick examinations for the patients. The radiologists receive the results quicker and the radiographers benefit from an improved ergonomic working environment.

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