iTech Medical, a medical information technology company, has received Health Canada approval for its Muscle Pattern Recognition (MPR) system, a non-invasive clinical assessment tool being developed to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of back and neck pain.

iTech Medical said MPR system acts as a clinical tool for the analysis of muscle function.

iTech Medical is ISO 13485:2003 certified for the production and sale of surface electromyography (sEMG) diagnostic devices for clinical use.

iTech Medical president and CEO Wayne Cockburn said the approval of the MPR System by Health Canada is an achievement for the company and represents another major step towards the global commercialisation of the device.

"We believe our MPR System can play an important role in helping to identify the source of these problems and provide the healthcare system a new tool to not only assist in the diagnosis and treatment of the underlying conditions, but to help reduce related medical costs and improve patient outcomes," Cockburn said.

iTech Medical Sales and Marketing VP Karl Wolcott said they believe that patients, physicians and insurance providers stand to benefit from their Muscle Pattern Recognition (MPR) technology.