Dynamic Stereo Radiography at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (HMR)
March 3, 2014

Montreal – February 17, 2014 – Asserting once again its position as a North American leader in orthopedics, Hôpital Maisonneuve- Rosemont (HMR) today inaugurated its Dynamic Stereo Radiography system (provided by Halifax Biomedical Inc.). Also known as Roentgen Stereophotogrammetric Analysis (RSA), this new technology, acquired with the support of the Foundation de l’Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (FHMR), improves the monitoring of patients undergoing joint reconstruction of the hip and knee under the expertise of Orthopaedic Surgeons at HMR.

Unique in Canada, this Dynamic SR Suite provides an accurate assessment of the performance of new joint replacement implants. Using the Halifax Bead Inserter, tiny balls or biomarkers, inserted in the bone accurately indicate the position of the implant relative to the bone. In case of pain, an SR image helps target the problem and allow doctors to prescribe the appropriate treatment (surgery or medication review) since it becomes possible to accurately assess if the implant has moved even slightly.

By rapidly detecting success and potential implant failure, doctors at HMR will optimize the care of their patients, thus contributing to help them regain mobility and quality of life.

“The RSA analysis provides information twenty times more accurate than CT or magnetic resonance. With this new tool from Halifax Biomedical, we will be able to make better preoperative diagnosis when problems are encountered after initial implant surgery, thereby facilitating proper assessment of postoperative outcome. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce the costs associated with replacement of the hip or knee by reducing the number of revision surgeries,” says Dr. Martin Lavigne.

“The HMR can count on a dynamic team of orthopedic surgeons who have at heart the welfare of patients. The whole service is constantly on the lookout for new technologies that could improve the quality of care. With the assistance of the Foundation, we are pleased to inaugurate this equipment” said Manon Boily, executive director of the HMR.

About the Maisonneuve -Rosemont Hospital
Affiliated with the University of Montreal, l’Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont is a large institution providing convergent care, education and medical research since 1954. Its 5,500 employees and physicians, and 500 volunteers work with the large population of Eastern Montreal. The HMR has a major research center with four areas standing out on the national and international level: hematology-oncology, vision health, nephrology, and cell therapy. The HMR annually receives more than 4,000 students, future doctors, nurses and health care professionals. For more information: www.maisonneuve- rosemont.org.

About the HMR Foundation
A partner of Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (HMR) since 1978, the HMR Foundation supports strategic development to better meet the needs of its patients. With a strong desire to make a difference, the Foundation supports projects aimed at continuous improvement of care, educational development and growth of research. The Foundation enlists financial support from individuals, private foundations, and corporate partners. Together they recognize the excellence of care for patients in the HMR, a hospital affiliated with the University of Montréal. http://www.fondationhmr.ca/

Halifax Biomedical Inc.
Halifax Biomedical Inc. (HBI) is an evidence-based Orthopaedic clinical measurements company headquartered in Nova Scotia, Canada with US offices located in Cambridge, MA.

HBI is a world leading provider of micro-instability assessment services using very precise proprietary Stereo Radiography (SR) imaging technology (HALIFAX exams).

HBI focuses on two clinical problems: detection of implant loosening for total hip and knee replacements, and quantification of instability of the spinal column in patients with chronic low back pain.

For more information, please contact:

Karine Morier
Adjointe à la directrice
Direction des communications, affaires publiques et développement
Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont

John Simon, COO
Email: john.simon@halifaxbiomedical.com
Office: +1 (902) 945-2771
Fax: +1 (506) 645-1448

Canadian Mailing Address:
Halifax Biomedical Inc.
11493 Route 19
Mabou, Nova Scotia B0E 1X0

US Mailing Address:
Halifax Biomedical Inc.
1 Broadway, 14th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 USA