Ontario Centres of Excellence Launches AdvancingHealth

On April 17, 2015, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) announced the launch of their new program, AdvancingHealth. AdvancingHealth was created to foster innovation in Ontario’s healthcare system. This new program will support the development of new technologies that will improve health outcomes, enhance patient experiences and resource efficiency within the healthcare system.

Synaptive Medical, a participant of this new program, is a medical device and technology company that works to improve planning and navigation solutions for neurosurgical procedures.

Here is an excerpt:

“Improving treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy is the aim of this collaboration between Western University and Synaptive Medical, a Toronto-based company that is developing next generation image-guided technologies that supports minimally invasive surgeries. Synaptive’s systems are specifically designed to enable the surgeon to better plan and perform neurosurgical interventions with enhanced precision and safety. Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) is an MRI imaging technique that uses the diffusion principles of water in the cerebral white matter tracts in order to create a 3D representation of fiber tracts. This project aims to demonstrate the role of DTI in presurgical planning and surgical navigation to minimize damage to important white matter structures and improve neurosurgical outcomes.”

Read the article here.