Sectra and Swedish Care Provider Offer Osteoporosis Assessment to All – Combatting One of the Most Expensive and Painful Diseases Affecting Women

LINKÖPING, Sweden–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sectra AB (STO:SECTB)

Starting today, Sectra (http://www.sectra.com/medical/)
(STO: SECT B) and private care provider Unilabs will offer preventive
bone health testing for individuals with risk factors for osteoporosis,
thereby enabling measures to be taken to reduce the risk of fractures.
The analysis technology to be used by Unilabs will be provided by
Sectra. One in two women in Sweden will suffer from a fracture due to
osteoporosis, making osteoporosis one of the most common diseases among
women. Unilabs’ initiative will be highly significant to women in Sweden
since it will enable many severe and painful fractures to be avoided.

“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,” says Charlotta Wikström, Head of Unilabs’ radiology
operation.

Thanks to Unilabs’ and Sectra’s joint initiative, many more women and
men in Sweden will have the opportunity to easily make an initial
assessment of their bone health. The bone density examination is
conducted either in connection to a mammography examination at Unilabs
or as a separate examination at one of Unilabs’ radiology clinics. The
bone density analysis is performed using the Sectra OneScreen online
service and is based on a radiology image of the hand. After the
examination, individuals who are deemed to be at a high risk will be
given an opportunity for further examination using conventional methods
to establish possible treatment.

Examinations can be booked at CheckMyBones.se

CheckMyBones.se (http://www.CheckMyBones.se)
is an information portal about osteoporosis that aims to make it easy
for individuals in Sweden to proactively reduce their risk of
osteoporotic fractures. The website allows users to conduct an initial
risk assessment and, where applicable, to book and pay for a further
examination performed by Unilabs. CheckMyBones is a collaboration
between orthopaedic surgeon and senior physician Marjut Sohlman
Carlström, Unilabs and Sectra.

About osteoporosis

Around the world, one in three women and one in five men are at risk of
an osteoporotic fracture*. Osteoporosis mainly affects women,
particularly after menopause, and in the worst cases causes severe and
painful bone fractures, long-term disability and death. Inexpensive and
effective treatment is currently available, which reduces the risk of
painful fractures and subsequent lifelong disabilities. However, many
people are not diagnosed in time due to insufficient capacity in the
current general healthcare system. Early measures against osteoporosis
could save many women from unnecessary suffering and also generate
significant cost and resource savings for healthcare.

*Source: International Osteoporosis Foundation http://www.iofbonehealth.org/

Sectra OneScreen analysis method

Sectra OneScreen uses patented Digital X-Ray Radiogrammetry (DXR)
technology to analyze bone density in the hand based on a radiology
image. Using this technology, individuals at higher risk of osteoporosis
can be identified and further examined before being afflicted by a first
fracture. Comprehensive studies show that by using Sectra OneScreen, it
is possible to create an effective osteoporosis care workflow, since the
technology can be used to identify and prioritize individuals who should
be followed up through, for example, full-body scans and subsequently
receive treatment. The technology is based on comprehensive clinical
evidence, including a recently presented doctoral thesis and major
trials in Sweden and abroad.

Osteoporosis mainly affects women, particularly after menopause: the
same group already enrolled in mammography screening programs. The
possibility to combine the examinations so that they can be performed at
the same time and use the same radiology equipment makes Sectra
OneScreen highly suitable as a method together with national screening
programs for osteoporosis and mammography. An increasing number of
mammography clinics across the globe are using Sectra OneScreen to
perform bone density analyses. Sectra OneScreen is currently being used
by private clinics in 12 countries.

About Unilabs in Sweden

Unilabs Group is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of clinical
laboratory testing and medical diagnostic imaging services to private
and public healthcare providers, local governments, insurance companies,
pharmaceutical companies and the general public. The company operates
laboratory and medical diagnostic imaging facilities in 11 countries
and, in Sweden, Unilabs now forms a natural part of the healthcare
chain. In Sweden alone, Unilabs performs approximately 500,000 radiology
exams and 13 million clinical laboratory analyses each year. Out of the
5,000 employees across Europe, more than 900 work in Sweden.

About Sectra

The world needs more efficient healthcare and more secure communication.
Sectra plays a key role in meeting these needs. Sectra assists hospitals
throughout the world to enhance the efficiency of care, and authorities
and defense forces in Europe to protect society’s most sensitive
information. The company was founded in 1978, has its head office in
Linköping, Sweden, with subsidiaries in 14 countries, and operates
through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2015/2016 fiscal year totaled
SEK 1,073 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the Nasdaq Stockholm
exchange. For more information, visit www.sectra.com

In the medical market, Sectra develops and sells IT solutions for the
management and communication of all types of medical images – primarily
in radiology, mammography, pathology and orthopaedics, as well as other
departments where medical images are used. Sectra has a strategic focus
on making cancer care more efficient. More than 1,700 hospitals, clinics
and imaging centers worldwide use Sectra’s systems daily. This makes
Sectra one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions for managing
medical images and patient information. The company commands a
market-leading position in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Portugal,
holds a prominent position in the UK and is growing in the US. Sectra
has delivered some of the largest installations of medical IT systems
worldwide and its systems have been installed in North America,
Scandinavia and most major countries in Europe and the Far East.

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Contacts

Sectra AB
Dr. Torbjörn Kronander
CEO and President
46 (0)
705 23 52 27
or
Simo Pykälistö
CFO and Executive Vice
President
46 (0) 703 51 53 03