From left: Ryan D'Arcy, SFU neuroscientist and ImageTech project lead; Bruce Hayne, Councillor, City of Surrey; John Diggle, neurologist, Fraser Health; Andrew Petter, President, SFU; Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification; Joy Johnson, VP Research, SFU; and Victor Davis, Key Account Executive, Philips Healthcare.

ImageTech Lab: Advancing brain/body diagnostics & treatment

May 19, 2015

With federal support, SFU and the City of Surrey will bring advanced medical imaging capability to Surrey Memorial Hospital, in the heart of Surrey's Innovation Boulevard.

The ImageTech Lab is led by SFU neuroscientist Ryan D'Arcy, the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation BC Leadership Chair in Multimodal Technology for Healthcare Innovations. It will be a unique research facility in western Canada, combining state-of-the-art imaging devices to advance brain/body diagnostics and treatment.

On May 19th, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $3.6 million in funding to help equip the ImageTech Lab with a Philips Healthcare magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device and a MISL CTF magnetoencephalography (MEG) machine.

SFU has been at the forefront of brain function research and innovation since the 1970s. For example, the CTF MEG technology, which is a non-invasive magnetic imaging technique for analyzing brain activity, was developed and refined through decades-long relationship between SFU, led by MEG pioneer and SFU professor emeritus Hal Weinberg and an SFU spinout company, CTF Systems. The technology is now distributed worldwide through Vancouver-based company MISL Ltd. In 2004, the longstanding partnership between SFU and the Down Syndrome Research Foundation led to the acquisition and operation of the first and only MEG scanner in Western Canada. This tool will now be accessible to the region’s top health innovators in its clinically embedded location in the ImageTech lab at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

Says SFU VP Research Joy Johnson, “This first-of-its-kind facility in Western Canada will create technology waves that will profoundly alter the health care landscape in British Columbia, and position Canada for global leadership in health technology innovation.”

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