Parallax Innovations unveils CT Sabre, the only commercial robotic intervention device that operates inside a micro-CT bore

London, Ontario, August 27, 2013 – The Parallax Innovations CT Sabre™ is a six-degree of freedom robotically-controlled micro-positioner for pre-clinical biomedical research. Guided by either live fluoroscopic x-ray feedback or retrospective 3D CT image reconstructions the CT Sabre™ allows better than 200 µm positioning of a variety of user selected tools. There is no need to reposition the animal between acquisition and interventions. All functions can be performed inside the micro-CT bore.

Parallax Innovations and the Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization (CIMTEC) will be demonstrating the CT Sabre™ in booth #312 at the World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC) in Savannah, Georgia from September 18-21.

“The CT Sabre™ has the potential to significantly impact biomedical research,” says Del Archer, co-founder and co-owner of Parallax Innovations. “Given that imaging of small animals now plays a key role in interventional research, the addition of safe, effective interventions is an invaluable combination that enables serial, non-destructive testing of animals.”

Hardware for the device was developed by mechanical engineers at CIMTEC with software developed by Parallax Innovations.

Its accuracy and repeatability is unparalleled:

Targeting accuracy is 200 µm

Repeatability is 50 µm

And, its impressive range of motion includes:

185º in the roll plane, perpendicular to the x-ray beam

57º in the pitch plane

7.3 mm range for the needle, including various attachments

x, y, z range is 10.6 mm, 12.1 mm and 25.0 mm respectively

"The CT Sabre™ has allowed us to perform experiments with a degree of precision and accuracy we’ve never been able to achieve before”, says Dr. David Jaffray, Head of Radiation Physics, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at University Health Network. “The ability to localize our measurement probes and target tumor sub-regions is invaluable. The device is opening up new applications, allowing us to do things we previously couldn’t do. The full potential of the CT Sabre™ has yet to be explored, but we see it as an important tool in our lab.”

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Parallax Innovations, Inc.

Parallax Innovations Inc. is a consulting, solutions, and products provider focused on the preclinical imaging sector. It has 20+ years of experience working with imaging companies including EVS, Amersham, GE Healthcare, Gamma Medica and Trifoil Imaging.

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Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization (CIMTEC)

CIMTEC was created to facilitate the commercialization of world-leading medical imaging technology.


To enable and accelerate commercialization of medical imaging innovations ensuring that Canada’s investment in imaging technology translates into economic growth and job creation.


To be the driving force in the advancement and growth of the Canadian medical imaging technology sector, and to ultimately create better health outcomes for Canadians and people around the world.


Support Researchers and Companies:Provide researchers and small to medium-sized imaging enterprises (SMEs) with critical expertise, technical capabilities and infrastructure to allow them to grow and create Canadian high-tech jobs and economic growth.

Promote Commercialization:Cultivate new strategic partnerships and investments to enable research investments to become commercial products thus increasing economic growth and job creation.

Advanced Training:Create knowledge and skill advancement opportunities and produce highly-qualified people with commercialization expertise.

Improving Human Health:Improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of human disease.

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Del Archer
Parallax Innovations, Inc.
519-914-5445 ext. 2
Cell: 519-914-5447

Darlene Pratt
Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization
Director of Marketing Communications
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