A University of Waterloo startup, KA Imaging, is partnering with Grand River Hospital to conduct a pilot study using their innovative technology, a high-resolution multi-energy digital x-ray imager that detects lung nodules.
Developed by electrical and computer engineering professor Karim S. Karim, KA Imaging’s multi-energy x-ray detector is portable, inexpensive, efficient, and produces a better quality image with lower levels of radiation than a traditional CT scan. Professor Karim says that this technology and study could pave the way for widespread screening programs to help save lives as this technology may be used in the future to detect lung cancer.
With support from the Waterloo Commercialization Office (WatCo), KA Imaging was launched in 2015 and currently has 24 employees. WatCo helped KA Imaging secure funding to develop a prototype and to patent their technology. KA Imaging expects to launch a commercial version of its technology in mid-2019.
Hospital, startup test X-ray technology (Waterloo Region Record)