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REF NO.: 74

SUBJECT: New medical technologies to improve cancer imaging

DATE: April 5

Dr. William Whelan of the University of Prince Edward Island will present a public lecture on Memorial University’s St. John’s campus on optoacoustic imaging and spectroscopy, a new technology positioned to have a significant impact on cancer imaging.

According to Dr. Whelan, detecting cancer at its earliest stage remains a significant challenge. With optoacoustics, shining a pulsed laser light on cancer cells can create a symphony of sounds. By measuring the time delay between this “lightning and thunder,” one can locate a tumour inside the body and differentiate between normal and cancerous tissues, as well as treated and untreated tissues.

His lecture, Optoacoustic Imaging and Spectroscopy: Lightning and Thunder in Tissues, takes place Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, room IIC-2001. A reception will follow and free parking is available in lot 15B.

All are welcome.

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For further information, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Whelan, please contact Kelly Foss, communications co-ordinator, Faculty of Science, at (709) 864-2019 or


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