Unfors RaySafe

• Founded in 1994 by Tomas Unfors
• Headquartered in Billdal, Sweden
• 3 Company divisions: Equipment, Staff, Patient
• 163 staff worldwide
• 7 subsidiaries in the USA, Germany, Singapore, Great Britain, Japan, China and India
The Swedish medical engineering company Unfors RaySafe is one of the many Northern European technology leaders which are hardly known outside their respective industries. In 1994, Tomas Unfors founded the company with the objective to make the quality assurance of diagnostic X-ray machines more user-friendly. Following the guiding mission to help people avoid unnecessary radiation and to establish a better radiation safety culture wherever technicians, medical staff and patients encounter radiation, the company has developed into an international market leader. It is supplier to major X-ray manufacturers such as Philips and Siemens, as well as direct distributor to independent service and maintenance providers. Unfors Raysafe is currently the only company that provides a comprehensive solution for the X-ray room, consisting of devices for quality assurance of diagnostic X-ray equipment, real-time dose monitoring devices to measure radiation exposure of medical staff and dose monitoring and tracking solutions for patients. It is best known for the high measuring accuracy and simple handling of its devices.
“X-ray cannot be detected by the human senses. Even experts who know how they can protect themselves are frequently exposed to higher radiation doses than they expect.”

Magnus Kristoferson, CEO of Unfors RaySafe.

In addition to the Equipment Division, Unfors RaySafe established a Staff Division in 2011 and became the first medical engineering company to introduce the real-time measurement of the radiation to which medical staff is exposed in X-ray rooms: For the first time, doctors and nurses can reduce their radiation exposure dose and actively influence it by changing their behavior during interventional procedures. To complete Unfors RaySafe’s radiation safety concept, the company started to focus on the patient in 2012 within the newly founded Patient Division: Each year approximately 3.6 billion diagnostic X-ray exams are performed globally and the use of CT scans is increasing around 10% yearly due to its low cost and high image quality. With each exposure a patient has to radiation, it increases the risk of developing cancer later in life. Unfors RaySafe therefore developed a solution that helps reduce unnecessary examinations, facilitates dose tracking and avoids wasted radiation events, thus helping to increase patient safety and cutting hospital costs through improved process quality.
“The medical application of X-ray has constantly increased in the past years and with it also the concerns about their health impact. With our solutions, we want to help people avoid unnecessary radiation and keep the necessary exposure as low as possible.”

Magnus Kristoferson, CEO of Unfors RaySafe.

THE CANARY BIRD
To emphasize its focus on a better radiation safety culture for all groups exposed, Unfors RaySafe has changed its name from Unfors Instruments to Unfors RaySafe in 2012 – and with this step added a small canary bird to its company logo. It symbolizes the canary bird miners used to bring into the coal mine: In the early days, coal miners brought canary birds into the mines as an early warning system for dangerous – yet undetectable – gases. As long as the little yellow bird kept singing, the air in the mine was safe. When the singing stopped, the miners knew something was wrong and could leave the area in time. For Unfors RaySafe, it is the perfect symbol because the company has made it its mission to help people avoid unnecessary radiation that cannot be detected by the human senses.
Unfors RaySafe
+46 31 719 97 00
+46 31 910 950
http://www.raysafe.com