DIAGNOS Announces Inaugural Appointment to Scientific Advisory Board
posted on Aug 26, 2009 03:29PM
DIAGNOS inc., knowledge extraction technologies
BROSSARD, QUEBEC, CANADA--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2009) - DIAGNOS inc. ("DIAGNOS" or "the Corporation") (TSX VENTURE:ADK), a leader in the use of artificial intelligence and advanced knowledge extraction techniques, announced today that it has appointed Dr. David Wong, to its Scientific Advisory Board to assist in technical and scientific validation efforts of its Computer Assisted Retinal Analysis (CARA) technology.
"We are pleased to welcome a clinician of Dr. Wong's calibre to our Scientific Advisory Board, and look to his expertise and leadership as we continue to commercialize our CARA technology" said Mr. Andre Larente, DIAGNOS' CEO. The appointment of Dr. Wong is part of a larger DIAGNOS effort to develop, validate, and commercialize products for the healthcare market.
DIAGNOS' CARA technology has shown potential in clinical decision-support for ophthalmologists and for diabetic retinopathy screening. Dr. Wong has been conducting a technical test using CARA, and to date has examined well over 1,000 images with our technology.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by 2030 there will be 366 million people suffering from diabetes, a major cause of retinopathy and vision loss. This number of sufferers is increasing at an alarming proportion year over year.
About Dr. Wong
Dr. David Wong is a Vitreoretinal Surgeon and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Wong specializes in diabetic retinopathy, diabetes, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, as well as trauma. He is a Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, an active member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and practices at Saint-Michael's Hospital in Toronto.
CARA (Computer Assisted Retinal Analysis) performs a proprietary enhancement of retinal images and automatically annotates potential abnormalities and indicates location, size and type of pathology to the user. CARA's image enhancement algorithms make standard retinal images sharper, clearer, and easier to read. The technology comprises a suite of pattern-matching algorithms; each algorithm has a different sensitivity and specificity for detecting a given abnormality. CARA highlights these findings for extra attention by the screener. CARA is an automated platform accessible securely over the internet, and is compatible with all recognized fundus cameras.
Founded in 1998, DIAGNOS is a publicly traded Canadian corporation (TSX: ADK), with a mission to commercialize technologies combining contextual imaging and traditional data mining thereby improving decision making processes. DIAGNOS offers products, services, and solutions to clients in a variety of fields including healthcare, natural resources and entertainment.
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