Diagnostics

Wendy Levinson

Choosing Wisely Canada targets unnecessary testing

By Rosie Lombardi

Choosing Wisely Canada recently launched an awareness campaign to educate both physicians and patients about unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures that need to be rethought and reduced. Led by Dr. Wendy Levinson (pictured), a professor at the University of Toronto and Officer of the Order of Canada, the organization was formed in partnership with…


Greg Kawchuk

Edmonton research sends shockwaves through spine care

With non-urgent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) wait times hovering around 30 weeks in Alberta, a team of researchers at the University of Alberta are innovating to take people out of the line. Greg Kawchuk (pictured), professor of Physical Therapy at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, has been leading a team to use vibration imaging technology…


Robert Sambursky

Quick test detects if infection is viral or bacterial

By Rosie Lombardi

Antibiotics have been prescribed for viral infections for decades even though they have no therapeutic effect on viruses. This has contributed to antibiotic overuse and subsequent antibiotic resistance that has emerged as a major problem across the globe. To tackle this issue, Florida-based RPS Diagnostics has developed FebriDx. FebriDx is a 15-minute point-of-care blood test…