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    1. Dalhousie researchers using laser technology to diagnose hearing loss

      Dalhousie researchers using laser technology to diagnose hearing loss

      Researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax are using existing laser technology in a novel way to diagnose middle ear problems that cause hearing loss, without the need for more invasive procedures. Optical Coherence Tomography allows researchers to create two- and three-dimensional animated images of the middle ear to see whether there's anything irregular that could affect a patient's hearing. "It's a few seconds of tone," Dalhousie researcher Dan MacDougall told CBC's Information Morning as he demonstrated the device in the lab. "It's exciting … All the structures [of the ear] should vibrate in a predictable way ...

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    2. Shut down of new medical business shocks city officials

      Shut down of new medical business shocks city officials

      Tornado Medical Systems has told officials in Thunder Bay it is pulling out of the city because of cash flow and revenue issues. Tornado CEO Stefan Larson said the project the medical imaging company was working on — a device to be used in operating rooms to analyze breast tissue for tumours — has gotten too expensive. He said the company currently has cash flow issues, so it laid off six engineering employees working on the project. Larson said a seventh person with specialized skills would be transferred to another project.

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