Northern Ontario Business: Lakehead medical researcher is an innovation star

A Lakehead University postdoctoral fellow has been nationally recognized for his innovative “breakthrough” technology in breast cancer detection.

At a Nov. 26 ceremony in Ottawa, Thunder Bay’s Oleksandr Bubon received an outstanding commercialization award from Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that promotes innovation by solving business challenges through academic research.

While studying under Canada Research Chair, Professor and Senior Scientist Dr. Alla Reznik, Bubon developed an leading-edge medical imaging technology that delivers high-resolution, low radiation-dose pictures, offering an alternative to mammography, positron emission tomography (PET) scan and other imaging devices.

The technology exposes patients to 10 to 15 times less radiation than traditional PET scans while delivering highly sensitive, accurate images that can detect extremely small tumours in their earliest stages of cancer, particularly in women with denser breast tissue than average.

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