Canadian Breast Imaging System Ushers in New Era of Breast Cancer Management

    Ontario Biomed Engineer Wins Dave Mitchell Award of Distinction

    CALGARY, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - Ontario biomedical engineer Cameron Piron is to
receive a $25,000 prize from the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation for his
development of a dedicated system for breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
and intervention.
    MRI is a safe and sensitive imaging tool, but it can be challenging to
obtain high quality images of breast tissue. Piron's system incorporates
several innovations that make breast MRI and biopsy highly sensitive,
patient-friendly, efficient and cost effective. The Sentinelle Vanguard(R)
Breast MRI Table with Variable Coil Geometry(TM) combines ingenuity in
computing, engineering and medicine to allow radiologists to detect breast
cancer even in its early stages.
    Breast cancer affects more women worldwide than any other cancer; in
Canada, an estimated 5400 women will die from it this year. With early
detection, survival rates can improve from 21 to 96 percent. The Sentinelle
Vanguard table allows the patient to be more comfortable while giving the
radiologist easier access to the breast tissue in order to obtain MRI guided
needle biopsies. The specially designed radiofrequency coils are adjustable to
accommodate different body types and can be positioned close to the tissue to
improve image resolution.
    The breast imaging system is considered unparalleled in image quality,
patient comfort and ease of use.
    Sentinelle Medical(R), the Toronto, Ontario company that produces the
Sentinelle Vanguard system, has distribution contracts with Toshiba, GE
Healthcare and Siemens Healthcare.
    Piron is Co-founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Sentinelle.
He developed the company's core technology while completing his MSc in Medical
Biophysics at the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Campus.

    The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

    This year the Foundation will award $145,000 to leading Canadian
innovators plus $20,000 to Young Canadians chosen at the 2009 Canada-Wide
Science Fair.
    The Foundation was established in 1980 to promote and support Canadian
innovators. The Dave Mitchell Award of Distinction is named for the creator of
the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation and Manning Innovation Awards
programs, and this year is sponsored through the generous donations of Friends
and Laureates of the Foundation. Since 1982, the Foundation has presented over
$4 million. The 2009 awards will be presented at an awards gala on Friday,
September 18 in Vancouver, BC.
    A Media Backgrounder about the innovator and his work is now available on
the Foundation's website, with video available after September 18, 2009:

For further information:

For further information: on the Foundation, contact Bruce Fenwick,
Executive Director: (403) 645-8288 or; For more
information about Sentinelle Medical(R) and their products, visit or contact Mr. Cameron Piron: (416) 436-2152 or

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