Lakehead researcher wins award for breast imaging medical device
THUNDER BAY — His development of a low-dose radiation breast imaging device has won recognition for Lakehead University researcher Oleksandr Bubon.
Bubon will receive an award Tuesday in Ottawa from Mitacs, a national not-for-profit organization that's supported research projects and delivered training programs since 1999.
It's funded by the federal government and provincial governments, and works with more than 70 post-secondary institutions.
Bubon–a postdoctoral fellow studying at Lakehead under Professor Alla Reznik–developed novel solid-state imaging technology that exposes patients to 10 to 15 times less radiation than traditional PET (positron emission tomography) scans.
At the same time, it delivers accurate images that can detect small tumours in the earliest stages of breast cancer, especially on women who have dense breast tissue.