By: 8 January 2018
Sectra signs agreement with teleradiology provider to improve post-operative follow-up for orthopaedic customers

Medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra have signed an agreement with the teleradiology provider Telemedicine Clinic (TMC).

Patients who have implants may experience chronic pain following orthopaedic surgery. Sometimes, the pain is due to the fact that the implant is loose, or even broken. The new service enables detection of loose or broken implants earlier than with conventional radiographic examination.

With the new agreement between Sectra and TMC, surgeons can request two CT images of the patient and digitally submit those to Sectra’s online service Sectra Implant Movement Analysis. Radiologists at TMC will analyse these images using Sectra’s software and send back a report clearly showing whether or not the patient’s implant is loose. Initially, Sectra and TMC will provide this service to orthopaedic surgeons in Sweden.

“I am very excited to be able to offer our customers the ability to improve the efficiency and quality of post-operative follow-up,” says Gustaf Schwang, general manager of business unit orthopeadics at Sectra. “TMC’s global reach enables us to provide excellent service to our customers today and to expand the service outside Sweden when the time is right.”

TMC is a diagnostic group with offices in Reading, UK, Sydney, Australia and Barcelona, Spain. TMC was established in 2002 to meet the increasing demand for diagnostic expertise in many European regions in which a scarcity of access to subspecialised radiologists has created problems in the delivery of healthcare services. Today, TMC’s medical team provides radiology reports to more than 135 European hospitals. TMC has used Sectra PACS for its teleradiology business since 2007.