Kingston General Hospital Acquires Sentinelle's Advanced Breast Imaging System

    Sentinelle's Technology Helps Position KGH as the Eastern Ontario Hub for
    MR-Guided Breast Biopsy

    TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - Dr. Morris (Mickey) Milner, President and CEO of
The Health Technology Exchange (HTX), announced the successful adoption of
Sentinelle Medical's new breast imaging system by Kingston General Hospital
(KGH), through the HTX's Health Technology Assessment and Implementation
Program (HTAIP), a program funded by the Ontario Ministry of Research and
Innovation. This program supports the uptake of innovative medical
technologies in Ontario through partnering companies with local hospitals.
Program funding directly supports the assessment and implementation of a novel
medical technology in an Ontario hospital.
    "Ontario has been proud to watch Sentinelle Medical - a Premier's
Innovation Award winner - thrive and grow from 25 to more than 100 employees
in just two years," said Minister of Research and Innovation John Milloy.
"Now, the validation that Kingston General Hospital will provide by adopting
Sentinelle's innovative imaging system will help open new doors for the
company while bringing leading-edge medical care to the region. Ontario is
pleased to support this success by funding programs like the one provided by
    "The program has provided Kingston General Hospital with access to a
leading-edge imaging technology at a low cost." Director of Imaging at KGH,
Karen Pearson further states, "Without programs like this, and with the budget
constraints hospitals face, there is a good chance we would not have been able
to get our hands on this new technology and assess its implementation in our
    Sentinelle's new breast imaging system, the Vanguard(R) System for
Siemens' magnetic resonance (MR) units, allows a cancer clinic to use
innovative MR imaging technology to do breast scans, and to simultaneously
guide and do breast biopsies. This is a new approach to diagnose and manage
breast cancer.
    "Sentinelle's system gives us superior images from breast scans and, at
the same time, we can do image-guided biopsies. This higher and value-added
performance has allowed us to expand the capabilities of our breast cancer
program to the benefit of our patients," states Dr. Eric Sauerbrei, Director
of Breast Imaging at Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital.
    As Sentinelle's CEO Cameron Piron puts it, "Sentinelle is gaining
critical customer feedback from KGH that is invaluable to our company. KGH's
ongoing assessment of our technology will bolster our commercialization
efforts, as well as help develop best practices for future breast imaging
programs in and outside Ontario."
    "Our Health Technology Assessment and Implementation Program is proving
to be a one-of-a-kind program that lowers barriers usually encountered when
trying to implement a new technology in an Ontario hospital while providing
companies with customer validations in a clinical setting that will help
promote future product sales, locally and abroad," states Dr. Milner.


    Ontario is making innovation a key driver of its economy. Through the
$3.2-billion Ontario Innovation Agenda, the province is capitalizing on its
creative environment, diverse culture, highly skilled workforce and
internationally recognized education system. By supporting research and
innovation, Ontario is helping pioneer new knowledge and new discoveries that
will create high-value jobs, a strong economy and better lives for Ontario


    Sentinelle Medical is dedicated to improving patient care with early
detection and accurate intervention. The company researches, develops,
manufactures, sells and supports leading edge Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
technologies. The ground breaking Sentinelle Vanguard(R) breast coils provide
excellent quality MR images, complete and open access for intervention, and
award winning design that optimizes patient comfort and workflow. Sentinelle
Medical is a privately owned Canadian company.
    Sentinelle Medical's newest product is the Vanguard(R) for Siemens
Tabletop System, for conducting Breast Magnetic Resonance (MR) scans and
biopsies on a Siemens MR unit. The system, in conjunction with the Siemens
patient stretcher, includes specialized radio frequency coils and data
processing. By providing high quality images (different than those obtained
from mammograms and X-rays) the system offers a quick and easy way to spot
certain cancerous lesions in breasts.
    Sentinelle's imaging and interventional computer software, Aegis with
Bright(R) 2.0, aids in the guidance of biopsy procedures and allows the
radiologist to view and manipulate the MR images in three dimensions.


    Affiliated with Queen's University, Kingston General Hospital is a
456-bed teaching hospital that serves more than 500,000 people in southeastern
Ontario and is the community hospital for the Kingston area. KGH provides an
array of specialized acute and ambulatory clinical services including trauma,
cardiac, stroke, pediatric, perinatal, end stage renal and stem cell
transplants. Home to the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, KGH is
dedicated to compassionate, high quality health care in a dynamic academic
research environment. It features a robust research program and provides
hands-on skill training for 1,900 health care students annually.


    From Invention through to Innovation to International Invoice, HTX helps
Ontario-based companies develop and commercialize innovations in Medical and
Assistive Technologies (MAT). Our core programs and services include Research
& Development and Commercialization and Market Development, which assists the
MAT sector from product evaluation, company creation and commercialization to
international market readiness.
    HTX is an independent, not-for-profit corporation funded by the
Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Research and Innovation.

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For further information:

For further information: Program Contact: Norman Pyo, The Health
Technology Exchange, T: (416) 673-8474, E:; Media Contact:
Marcelle Canido, The Health Technology Exchange, T: (416) 673-8480, E:

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