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2016-12-19

Sectra: Swedish healthcare provider invests in Sectra's digital pathology solution

Linköping, Sweden, December 19, 2016 - International medical imaging
IT company Sectra (http://www.sectra.com/) (STO: SECT B) announces
that the Swedish regional healthcare provider, Västerbotten County
Council, will digitize the storage, viewing, and sharing of its
pathology images. Sectra's digital pathology solution allows for a
greater percentage of studies to be reviewed digitally at any of the
region's hospitals, regardless of where the examination occurred.
Pathologists in a nearby region, Jämtland Härjedalen, will also use
the solution.

Västerbotten County Council has a total of approximately 250,000
residents, and together with Jämtland Härjedalen, performs 35,000
pathology examinations and 34,000 cytology examinations annually.

The digital pathology solution will be integrated both with
Västerbotten County Council's existing scanners that digitize tissue
samples and its associated IT infrastructure for handling patient
information.

"Västerbotten County Council is a good example of the type of
healthcare providers that are among the first to adopt digital
pathology in the market. They are a geographically distributed region
and as such can see an interesting business case for going fully
digital in pathology by being able to share digital images rather
than sending physical glass slides," says Dr. Torbjörn Kronander,
President and CEO of Sectra.

Why digital pathology?
Pathology departments analyze tissue samples and bodily fluids to
identify the reasons for a patient's symptoms. The results provide
guidance for the diagnosis, follow-up, and treatment of various
diseases. There is an acute shortage of pathologists, while at the
same time, an aging population and more specialized diagnostics are
leading to increasing volumes and demands for more-detailed reports.
Digitizing tissue samples could lead to shorter wait times,
more-accurate diagnoses, and a more-efficient use of resources.

Sectra's digital pathology solution
Sectra's digital pathology solution is built on the same platform as
Sectra's solution for handling radiology images (Sectra PACS), which
is already in use at the radiology and mammography department at
Västerbotten County Council. This enables in-depth collaboration
between radiologists and pathologists, two of the key players in
effective cancer care. It also facilitates multidisciplinary team
meetings, which are part of integrated diagnostics. In addition,
using a common platform will lead to reduced maintenance and
operating costs. Sectra offers a complete solution for primary
diagnostics that includes storage solutions and an advanced review
workstation. In the US, digital pathology for primary diagnostics is
still pending FDA approval.

Read more about digitization of pathology used by existing customers
(http://www.sectra.com/medical/pathology/customer_cases/)

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Torbjörn Kronander, CEO and President Sectra AB, 46 (0) 705 23 52
27

Marie Ekström Trägårdh, Executive Vice President Sectra AB and
President Sectra Imaging IT Solutions, 46 (0)708 23 56 10

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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