The American manufacturer Norland, global leader in DXA technology and the manufacturer of the first osteodensitometer in the world, is also present on the Romanian medical market, exclusively by Supermedical.

Norland is owned by the Swissray International group, which in it’s turn is a pioneer in digital radiology and an important name in medical markets such as the United States, Switzerland and Germany.

 

About DEXA Norland technology

 

Patients with osteoporosis usually have no symptoms before fracture, as such early diagnosis and treatment of thedisease are of great importance to the quality of life in these patients. Early diagnosis can prevent acute or chronicpain, limitation in theability to do daily activities, depression and loss of independence.

Norland’s dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) XR600/XR800 can measure central sites, such as lumbar spine andhip, as well as distal forearm. Norland DXA is noninvasive, rapid, accurate, and safe. The high precision and accuracy ofNorland DXA allows testing of central sites to be used for monitoring as well as diagnosis of osteoporosis

Osteodensitometru Norland Elite DXA

Advanced Calibration

 

Unlike other equipment that calibrates their technology to unspecifiedstandard materials of the moment, Norland calibration supports absolute accuracy of hard and soft tissue measurements tied to pure chemical standards forbone, lean and fat content that can be reexamined when required as technology or software changes overtime.

Furthermore, while others calibrate their technology to a simplified linear regression, the Norland system calibratesresults to a mixed combination of minimal to maximal hard and soft tissue contents that empirically corrects for everchanging x-ray beam hardening.

Radiation Dose

 

Norland technology employs a pencil-beam design minimizing radiation scatter for the benefit of operators. Norland technology also applies its exclusive dynamic filter system so that only the x-ray needed to obtain good studystatistics is used. As a result Norland generates the lowest patient radiation doses in the market.

 

First DEXA in the world

 

  • 1968 Norland produces the first commercial densitometer in the world.
  • 1978 Norland applies microprocessor controlled technology in the densitometer.
  • 1983 With Gd-153 commercially available Norland releases one of first dual energy systems—the Norland2600—a spine and hip scanner.
  • 1988 Norland produces the XR-26, the only x-ray based densitometer in the world that is fitted with step-wedge calibration and tied to chemical standards for bone, lean and fat assessment.
  • 1993 Norland produces the dynamic filtration systems allowing the scanner to produce swift studiestoregulate x-ray flux for every point in the study—this allows swift scanning in every type of scan and avoidsthe need to use fan-beam geometry.
  • 1998 Norland gets FDA market clearance to use Fracture Risk Assessment to classify a patient asOsteoporotic or Osteopenic.
  • 2007 Norland produces the XR-600 and XR-800 with auto-gain detector technology that optimizesscanner performance allowing faster studies without loss of long-term precision.
  • 2009 Norland gets FDA market clearance to use a Siri% Fat Assessment to directly classify fat content asUnderfat, Healthy, Overfat or Obese.
  • Currently: Norland products are still manufactured in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, USA