Robert Kaul

Plethora of diagnostic innovators setting up shop

The future of medicine has always seemed out there, as fantastical as Star Trek’s fictional tricorders. But in the realm of diagnostics, cutting-edge innovation is rapidly drawing this future within arm’s reach of doctors. Some diagnostic innovators have already veered into Star Trek territory. Kitchener-based Cloud DX Inc., for instance, has developed VITALITI, a wearable device that uses biosensors…

Dr Claire Novorol

Symptom-assessment app uses AI to learn about patients

By Rosie Lombardi

Most patients look up their symptoms online at websites that may not be accurate or reputable, and often come to their medical visits armed with incorrect information. To tackle this, a new app called Ada intelligently checks and tracks symptoms by asking personalized questions, and uses AI to “learn” the user’s medical history over time….

Andrew Needles

MDs explore ultra-high frequency ultrasound tech

By Rosie Lombardi

Doctors now have a powerful new tool to help them see small structures within the human body. Called the Vevo MD, the world’s first Ultra High-Frequency (UHF) ultrasound system, the technology was originally developed at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre during the nineties and later commercialized by FUJIFILM VisualSonics. “Any ultrasound application that exists today where…

Dr Jean Seely

3D mammography trial underway at The Ottawa Hospital

A trial underway in Ottawa represents the first large randomized, multi-centre study to assess whether a novel 3D digital tomosynthesis technology combined with 2D digital mammography may be more effective at reducing the incidence of advanced breast cancers than conventional 2D mammography alone. Previous smaller studies suggest that this new kind of mammography can increase breast cancer…


Waterloo startup lowers radiation & cost of X-rays

By Rosie Lombardi

Concern about the amount of radiation patients are exposed to when they receive X-rays and CT scans is growing in the medical community. To tackle this, KA Imaging, a University of Waterloo spin-off led by Dr. Karim S. Karim and Amol Karnick (pictured), has developed an X-ray system that has increased sensitivity, which allows it…


SFU diagnostic technology to be used in concussion study

Scientists from Simon Fraser University and Croton Healthcare Canada will collaborate to study breakthroughs in concussion diagnosis. The team will examine the effectiveness of novel diagnostic techniques using magnetoencephalography (MEG), a brain imaging technology that SFU has been helping to lead the development of for more than a quarter century. The study will focus on determining…

Dave Willlis

Startup sells high-quality low-cost ultrasound

By Rosie Lombardi

A Vancouver-based startup is set to offer high-quality but affordable medical ultrasound devices at the end of 2016. Clarius was started up in 2014 by an ultrasound engineer and a sonographer who’d worked at big mainstream companies for years. “We asked ourselves, what does the world really need in ultrasound? All the physicians we talked…

Dr Hon Leong

Gulf War device detects high-risk prostate cancers

By Rosie Lombardi

Serendipity played a role in the development of a new diagnostic system that’s being used to detect high-risk prostate cancers in two pilot studies underway in Ontario and Saskatchewan. Dr. Hon Leong (pictured), a scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute, has repurposed a machine that was used to detect airborne pathogens in the second…

Yianni Soumalias

Mississauga clinic first to offer new cardio test

By Rosie Lombardi

Canadian doctors now have a new cardio test they can administer to help manage cardiovascular disease. Called AngioDefender, the diagnostic was developed by U.S.-based Everist Health to measure the health of the endothelium – the single-cell-thick interior lining of all the blood vessels in the body. Recently approved by Health Canada, AngioDefender is now being…

Greg Kawchuk

New diagnostic uses vibration to detect anomalies

By Rosie Lombardi

Doctors everywhere are being asked to screen patients with back problems more carefully when they’re referred for MRI scans. A new diagnostic technology under development at the University of Alberta may reduce demand for MRI scans by offering an alternative approach that has potential to better pinpoint dysfunctions of the spine and other joints. Called…