TORONTO – On average, radiology specialists diagnose fewer than 50% of cases of collapsed lung or pneumothorax using chest X-rays, said systems design engineer Hamid Tizhoosh. The Insignio system developed at Tizhoosh's Kitchener, Ontario-based Kimia Lab has gone further by identifying 75% of cases of collapsed lungs using artificial intelligence (AI) to search a database of 550,000 patients and compare 30,000 cases of pneumothorax there to X-rays of new patients with unknown conditions.
TORONTO – Health Canada has granted a medical license to Toronto-based pharmaceuticals company Hls Therapeutics Inc. for a device that simplifies blood monitoring for patients suffering from treatment-resistant schizophrenia (TRS).
TORONTO – Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Medicure Inc. said results of a study released last week could nudge the door open wider in the U.S. for a device adapted from the military to normalize lung fluid content in patients suffering from heart failure.
TORONTO – Developed by Edmonton, Alberta-based Itraumacare Inc., the Itclamp has undergone multiple independent and peer-reviewed studies demonstrating its efficacy controlling blood flow from wounds to the head and neck during military combat in the Middle East. That's been enough for the U.S. Department of Defense's Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care to officially recommend its acquisition for use on battlefields.
TORONTO – A total of $1.4 million in capital funding from 12 U.S., Canadian and European angel investors will help Toronto-based Cohesys Inc. complete preclinical animal studies, with an eye toward gaining approval for its nontoxic, adhesive tape for rebuilding facial bones.
TORONTO – Several U.S. and Canadian patients have recently undergone successful mitral valve surgery featuring a platform designed by Toronto-based Baylis Medical Inc. to provide more precise access to the wall separating the left and right sides of the heart. Robert Harrison, Baylis's director of research and development for cardiology, said in addition to locating the precise puncture point for mitral valve reconstruction, the Versacross transseptal solution has reduced the number of devices exchanged during the procedure to an all-in-one platform.
TORONTO – A Halifax, Nova Scotia-based med-tech company has patented a device that removes CO? from anesthetic equipment in the OR in a way that is safer, more long-lasting and environmentally friendlier than conventional chemical absorbers. The Memsorb is the brain child of anesthesiologist and Dmf Medical Inc. CMO Michael Schmidt who said anesthetizing patients during a long procedure can produce an amount of CO2 equivalent to 7,500 kilometers of travel in a car.