Nova Scotia – August 7, 2014 – Halifax Biomedical Inc. (HBI), a Nova Scotia based company specializing in precision assessment of spine and joint-replacement micro-instability, is pleased to announce the commencement of a pivotal research study for its spine instability measurement system in collaboration with Horizon Health Network.
“Pain caused by diseases of the low back pose an enormous economic burden on society in general and the health care system in particular. Moreover, it is a complex clinical entity to both diagnose and treat.” says Erik Giphart, Chief Technology Officer for HBI. “Our stereo-radiography technology provides new and accurate three-dimensional motion data of the spine unavailable to date. We believe our measurements have the potential to become the new standard of care in the future.”
“We are pleased to announce our partnership with Dr. Manson, Dr Abraham, their research team, the Canada East Spine Centre, and Horizon Health Network. We believe this research will contribute to the advancement of patient care in the spine which is HBI’s underlying goal for every product.” said Chad Munro, Chief Executive Officer for HBI.
“At present, in some patients, there is a gap between patient symptoms and true abnormalities which can be identified with routine testing techniques including x-ray and MRI. HBI technology is unique and may succeed in providing information towards bridging this gap. This research partnership between HBI and our team will work to identify patient benefit,” said Dr. Neil Manson, Principal Investigator of the study.
Halifax Biomedical Inc
Halifax Biomedical Inc. (HBI) is an evidence based Orthopaedic Clinical Measurements company headquartered in Nova Scotia, Canada with a US office located in Cambridge, MA.
HBI is a world leading provider of micro-instability assessment services using very precise proprietary Stereo Radiography (SR) imaging technology and analysis software (HALIFAX exams). HBI also utlizes Model-based RSA (MBRSA) Software which was developed by HBI partner RSAcore of the Department of Orthopaedics at Leiden, the Netherlands, University Medical Center (LUMC).
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.
Horizon Health Network
Horizon Health Network is the largest health-care organization in Atlantic Canada, operating 12 hospitals and more than 100 medical facilities, clinics and offices providing medical services ranging from acute care to community based health services to New Brunswick, northern Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. With 1,000 physicians, an annual budget exceeding $1 billion and approximately 12,600 employees, Horizon Health Network’s strategic vision focuses on research, innovation and education.
For more information, please visit www.halifaxbiomedical.com, or contact:
Erik Giphart, CTO
Office: (902) 945-2762
Fax: (902) 945-2324
Carolyn McCormack, APR
Horizon Media Relations