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Discovery Centre award

Posted by Alex Morris on November 22, 2017 in Breast
Mo Abdolell receiving his award, posing with Jennifer Payne
Mo Abdolell receiving his award, posing with Jennifer Payne

The Discovery Centre’s 15th annual Discovery Awards celebrated Nova Scotia’s talent behind leading edge science and technology in the province last night. Densitas Inc., founded and led by Dalhousie University faculty member Mohamed Abdolell, won the Innovation category for launching a commercially viable product that reinforces Nova Scotia’s position as a leader in science, technology and innovation.

The product, DM-Density, is an automated breast density assessment software for use by radiologists at point-of-care to improve workflow and inform clinical decision-making about follow-up ancillary imaging and screening frequency. The software may be used to provide tailored care to women in a standardized way at both the individual radiologist and department level.

“We saw the Discovery Awards as a great opportunity to give thanks to those who have helped us navigate this exciting journey to market. I am particularly grateful to the Department of Diagnostic Imaging, NSHA and Diagnostic Radiology, Dalhousie University for their continued strong support.  The local funding ecosystem, including NRC-IRAP, ACOA, and Innovacorp enables innovative ideas to grow and compete on the global stage,” said Mohamed Abdolell. “Winning is a tremendous and unexpected honour. We are truly passionate about improving breast health for women in Nova Scotia and across Canada and look forward to many more exciting chapters in the evolution of Densitas.” 

The award comes on the heels of a nation-wide roll out of the software, including a province-wide Nova Scotia deployment that will see all mammograms taken there processed by its machine learning algorithm. ( Learn more).

The Discovery Awards were sponsored by Dalhousie University.


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