Success for cyclotron-produced Tc-99m

March 13, 2015

Researchers from Centre de Recherche of the Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS), working in conjunction with the University of Alberta and Advanced Cyclotron Systems, have achieved a major advance by affirming that use of cyclotron-produced technetium-99m (Tc-99m) results in image quality equivalent to that of Tc-99m manufactured in a nuclear reactor.

The findings could significantly affect the quality of patient care and public safety. Producing Tc-99m with a cyclotron powered only by electricity and natural nonradioactive material makes the process more environmentally friendly than the conventional route starting from low- or high-enriched uranium to make molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), the parent radionuclide of Tc-99m, in a nuclear reactor.

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