Sectra to digitise radiology operations at Trelleborg Hospital

Linkoping 15 January 2003The Swedish IT and medical technology company Sectra has signed a contract with Trelleborg Hospital in Sweden, regarding digitisation of the hospital's radiology operations. The order includes Sectra's system for image viewing, communication and archiving (PACS) and its value amounts to approximately USD 870.000.

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The radiology department of Trelleborg Hospital performs approximately 35.000 radiology examinations annually, and is currently using Sectra's radiology information system (RIS). The complete radiology operation is now to be digitised, and Sectra has been chosen to deliver also the image handling system (PACS). Installations will begin in spring and the radiology department is scheduled to be in full digital operations in the fall of 2003.

"Sectra has a long experience of developing PACS, and understands the radiology way of thinking", stated Dr. Ulf Nyman, operations manager at the radiology department of Trelleborg Hospital. "We chose Sectra's system because it is very user-friendly. Another reason is the highly qualified integration between RIS and PACS that Sectra offers", he continued.

With Sectra's system, the radiology department of Trelleborg Hospital will be able to work completely without paper and films. By handling requests, patient data and x-ray images digitally, a more efficient work flow is created. This contributes to better patient care through faster throughput of images and answers to requesting physicians. With the very high security level built into the system, this can be done without compromising patient integrity and security.

"We are very happy to have been given the confidence to digitise the radiology operations of Trelleborg Hospital", stated Herbert Grill, sales manager at Sectra Skandinavien. "It shows that our close co-operation with end-users when developing our systems enables us to meet our customers' high demand on user-friendliness and quality."

Sectra is one of today's major PACS providers with more than 300 PACS installations worldwide. More than 15 million examinations are diagnosed in Sectra PACS every year throughout the world. The Swedish-based company operates through partners in most of the world, but delivers directly to end customers in Northern Europe.

The core business is to deliver top-of-the-line high-availability, robust enterprise PACS for 24/7 operation. In Sweden and Norway, which are currently the countries with the largest penetration of PACS in the world, Sectra holds a dominant market leadership with more than 50 percent of all film free installations. The company has its largest number of installed systems in Sweden, Norway and the United States through partners, but has also an installed base in Germany, Finland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, Portugal, Switzerland, and the Far East.

Sectra has its roots in Linkoping Technical University and is one of Sweden's fastest growing high-tech companies in the IT area. Since the mid-1980s, Sectra has successfully conducted development and sales of high-technology medical IT and telecommunications products. Today, the business includes products in medical systems, secure communication systems, and wireless information systems.

Sectra's medical business is conducted in Sectra Imtec AB, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sectra AB. Internationally, Sectra PACS is marketed and sold through different partners. Business is conducted in seven countries with a total of 260 employees. Sales for the fiscal year May 2001-April 2002 reached SEK 426 million. More news on Sectra is to be found in the VMW January 2003 article Sectra signs co-operation with European health IT supplier Torex and Mirada image fusion Solutions.


Leslie Versweyveld

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