KA Imaging’s X-ray Detector Allows Dual Energy to be Taken to the Bedside

Canadian manufacturer is getting ready to launch Reveal™, the only portable dual-energy x-ray detector on the market

 

Photo of the Reveal detector
Reveal™ flat panel detector

WATERLOO, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)- For the first time, practitioners will be able to leverage dual-energy x-ray technology in a portable system. Canadian manufacturer KA Imaging is getting ready to launch Reveal, the world’s first dual-energy x-ray detector that can be taken to the bedside. “Due to infectious nature of COVID-19, bringing patients into a fixed radiology room can sometimes be risky”, explains Amol Karnick, President and CEO of KA Imaging. “Current dual-energy systems are all fixed and Reveal overcomes the limitation of a fixed room by providing a world first portable dual energy solution. Reveal provides radiologists with an unobstructed view of the lungs by removing the bones in an x-ray image”, he continues.

The FDA 510(k) pending detector works with a single exposure. Unlike fixed dual energy solutions, Reveal’s technology enables bone and soft tissue differentiation with no motion artifact. “Our patented technology also allows lateral and oblique dual energy views for the first time”, explains Dr. Karim S Karim, CTO at KA Imaging.

Whereas fixed dual-energy systems can cost as high as half a million dollars, KA Imaging’s Reveal is highly affordable at less than ¼ of this price.

“If a hospital requires dual energy X-ray for COVID-19, you can simply replace any older CR plate or digital fixed or portable detector with Reveal”, says Amol.

Clinical trials

The company is planning clinical trials globally to demonstrate the efficacy of Reveal in triaging COVID-19 and other imaging tasks in the Emergency Room and Intensive Care Units. One of them is expected to begin in Toronto by August. “The world needs affordable and effective portable bedside diagnostics now, and Reveal is a solution that can provide tremendous value for clinicians, hospitals and government”, emphasizes Karim.

Reveal is also being tested on patients with lung cancer. Grand River Hospital (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) was the first to test the technology. More than 20 patients have been imaged with Reveal, with promising initial results.

ECR

Radiologists globally can learn more about Reveal at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) from July 15th to 19th. Due to the pandemic, the conference will be held online. KA Imaging is part of the virtual exhibition.

Contacts

Fernanda Fraga
ffraga@kaimaging.com
226 215 9897

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KA Imaging’s X-ray Detector Allows Any X-ray System to Be Upgraded to Dual-Energy

Canadian manufacturer is getting ready to launch Reveal™, enabling bone and tissue differentiation without motion artifacts

Reveal™ Dual-Energy X-ray Detector

Canadian manufacturer KA Imaging is preparing to launch Reveal, a premium x-ray detector that upgrades any x-ray system to Dual-Energy. “Reveal is the ideal retrofit solution as it will fit into any ISO standard size tray”, explains Amol Karnick, president and CEO of KA Imaging. Thanks to this feature, the cost of implementation can be reduced to a fraction of the price: whereas conventional dual exposure dual-energy systems can cost as high as half a million dollars, KA Imaging’s Reveal can be obtained at a quarter of this price. “You can simply replace your old detector with Reveal, as it will work with any conventional portable or fixed x-ray source”, continues Amol.

The competitive pricing strategy is just one of the advantages. KAI developed a unique technology that can improve dual-energy x-ray images. Reveal is the world’s first portable digital detector capable of separating different energy levels with a single exposure. It delivers three images: traditional DR, soft tissue and bone. “Our patented technology eliminates the motion artifact problem often seen in traditional dual exposure dual-energy X-Ray imaging systems”, explains Dr. Karim S Karim, CTO at KA Imaging. According to Karim, the detector simultaneously enables DR images with very high DQE (detective quantum efficiency) allowing for low radiation exposures to the patient and excellent quality soft tissue and bone images.

The Reveal detector has been used clinically on more than 20 patients with lung cancer. The clinical trial is being held at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario and is expected to scan up to 30 patients.

Reveal is being submitted to the US FDA for clearance in 2020. Radiologists globally can learn more about Reveal at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) between March 11th to 15th at the Austria Center Vienna. KA Imaging is exhibiting at booth #G41.

ECR is one of the largest medical meetings in Europe. Canada is a featured country at this event. “We are proud that as a partner country, we are able to present Canadian technology at this year’s ECR” says Stéphane Charbonneau, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada in Vienna.

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Amol Karnick, CEO (M.Eng, BASc)
Amol is a seasoned executive in the medical device industry. His experience covers the whole spectrum; from start-ups (Ultrasonix, Sentinelle Medical, Ventripoint) to large OEMs (GE Healthcare). Entering into the profession with a Bachelors in Engineering from UW and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from McGill, Amol spent 20 years in the medical imaging space to become a leader of multidisciplinary teams (sales, engineering and operations). Amol is now poised to steer KA Imaging into a position of global leadership.
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Karim S. Karim, CTO
(PhD, PEng, MBA)
A professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Dr.Karim is a distinguished academician known for pioneering and commercializing large area current mode active pixel sensor technology that is now used in bio-metric fingerprint readers for mobile phones. With 20 years of experience in designing and prototyping large area digital imagers, Dr.Karim has been instrumental in raising over $12 million in research funding. A full member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), Dr.Karim is also an IEEE distinguished lecturer.
Ken Green, CFO (CPA, MBA)
Ken has a strong background in finance, accounting and strategic business operations developed from several years of work experience in the financial services industry. Ken gained valuable experience working for a number of major Canadian and global firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Royal bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal and Scotia Bank. However, his most valuable learning experiences come from working with many small businesses including start-ups and established businesses helping them manage their accounting and finance operations. Ken is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has an MBA from the Schulich Business School.
Sina Ghanbarzadeh, Co-Founder
(MSc, PhD*)
Sina is the co-founder and the lead of the design team at KA Imaging Inc. He brings over 7 years of experience in design and characterization of imaging detectors to the KA Imaging Inc. He has designed the state of the art imaging detector prototype and currently leading the design team at both device and system level. Sina holds a Masters in Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is also working towards his PhD at University of Waterloo.
Joan Medley, Quality Regulatory Expert (ISO 13485)
Joan began her career as a Medical Radiation Technologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences, specializing in general and trauma radiography, CT scanning, angiography, heart catheterizations and fulfilled the role of clinical instructor. She has co-authored a Quality & Regulatory college course providing outline, course content and learning objectives. With over 2 decades of experience as a Quality Assurance (QA) Manager and Director, Joan has led medical device manufacturers through ISO registration and managing Quality Management systems. Certified as an ISO 13485 Lead Auditor, Joan currently provides contract services for a certification body.
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An experienced and accredited Human Resource Professional and Program/Project Manager, Jill’s rich expertise and national and international experience in every facet of Human Resources affords her the distinction of being one of the most sought-after HR professionals in the region. As a member of the HRPA Board of Directors, her CHRL designation combined with a Business Administration Management Diploma from Conestoga College – Jill brings a genuine level of confidence to any organization that finds itself without some HR guidance. Creating and implementing authentic and effective HR solutions to solve an array of employee challenges have been Jill’s signature for several years with companies ranging from SunLife Financial to Blackberry, to non-profits such as Trellis Mental Health. Now, as a consultant to Waterloo’s emerging businesses and tech community, Jill has been delivering relevant and meaningful solutions to scale – be it program level or simply getting the right advice.
Ako S. Williams, Vice President
Ako Williams is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Ushio America, Inc., which is a U.S. subsidiary of Ushio Inc. in Tokyo, Japan. Ushio is a leading provider of light sources and solutions for a wide variety of applications, including medical imaging and illumination, scientific, semiconductor, entertainment, horticulture, and architectural applications. A seasoned global enterprise executive with a strategic problem solving approach, Ako oversees Ushio America’s legal, regulatory compliance, risk management, and corporate governance matters. Previously, she was an Assistant General Counsel and Compliance Officer of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. (an Ushio group company) and an Assistant General Counsel of a leading home healthcare provider in the U.S. She holds a B.S. (highest distinction) from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
(B.S, J.D)
Ian Cunningham (BSc, MSc, PhD)
Dr. Ian Cunningham is a professor and scientist at the Robarts Research Institute at The University of Western Ontario and physicist at London Health Sciences Centre. He directs a research team of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows that are investigating new ways of acquiring and displaying medical images using digital radiography and computed tomography for improved health care.
James Wei (VP, Business Development )
James earned an M.Sc. at UW Canada and a Ph.D. at INSA Lyon France in RF engineering before starting his career in mixed signal development for the telecom industry. An Executive MBA degree from the University of Zurich in Switzerland charted his course into leadership roles in business development, where his specialty lies in international sales and marketing for tech start-ups. James brings a decade of experience to KA Imaging in new product market entry, global distribution channel management, and Asian subsidiary setups. It is James who will take KA Imaging to the forefront of the overseas marketplace.
Susan Horton (BA, MA, PhD)
Working for the World Bank got Susan interested in health and economics. Dr. Horton then proceeded to work at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh while writing her thesis. She has worked or taught in about 25 low and middle income countries, on topics ranging from labour markets, women's participation, benefits and costs of micronutrient interventions, and currently costs and benefits of breastfeeding, cost and cost-effectiveness of cancer interventions, and disease control priorities in low and middle income countries. Currently, Dr.Horton is working on the Disease Control Priorities project and in the past, worked on research projects with the World Bank, FAO, WHO, UNICEF, Copenhagen Consensus, etc.
Ruben Romero (CPA, CMA)
Ruben has a strong background in finance, accounting and strategic business operations from several years of work experience in various industries. Prior to joining KA Imaging's team, Ruben gained valuable experience working for Canadian and Global firms such as Class 1 Inc. and Bimbo Bakeries. Ruben has been a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant for over ten years.