Navigation Links
Canadian Isotope Project enters final stretch
Date:2/15/2012

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN - A research project exploring the potential for making medical isotopes with X-rays from a particle accelerator instead of a nuclear reactor is about to move to the large scale. The Canadian Isotope Project, led by the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and partners including the National Research Council of Canada, and medical researchers in Winnipeg, Ottawa and Toronto, is set to scale up their work to production levels with the delivery of a new particle accelerator built by Ontario-based Mevex Corporation.

"We are very excited to be passing this key milestone in the project," says Mark de Jong, CLS Director of Accelerators and project leader. "We have made a lot of progress over the last year in terms of the project's theoretical work, refining different pieces of the process and moving construction and design of our test bed forward. With the delivery of this full-scale accelerator we can now move to demonstrate what we set out to do produce medical isotopes safely, reliably and affordably."

The Canadian Isotope Project uses a particle accelerator to bombard a target made of molybdenum-100 metal with high-energy X-rays. The X-rays knock a neutron out of the nuclei of some of the molybdenum-100 atoms in the target, converting them to the isotope molybdenum-99. After being chemically separated from the target, the molybdenum-99 will be shipped to hospitals where it decays into technetium-99m and injected into patients for diagnosing heart conditions.

Two or three accelerator systems like the one now being installed at the CLS could supply all of Canada's needs for technetium-99m.

Researchers at the National Research Council in Ottawa have been performing theoretical modeling of key aspects of the production process and producing small quantities of medical isotope using the same process as will be used at the CLS with a smaller particle accelerator. Isotopes produced by the full-scale facility at the CLS will be chemically separated from the metal target by scientists at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre and assessed by doctors at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and University Health Network in Toronto.

The Canadian Isotope Project was one of four projects funded by the Government of Canada's Non-reactor-based Isotope Supply Contribution Program (NISP). The CLS-led project received $10 million from NISP with an additional $2 million from the Province of Saskatchewan. NISP was established to fund research into ways to produce medical isotopes without using a nuclear reactor in the wake of shortages caused by difficulties with Canada's NRU research reactor.

The NISP projects are all working to produce the most used medical isotope, technetium-99m, which is used in approximately 5500 medical scans daily in Canada.

Installation of the accelerator at the CLS is expected to be completed by the end of February, with the first experiments with the full-size accelerator system taking place in April. The first batch of technetium-99m is anticipated to be ready for shipment for testing at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre by the end of April or early May.


'/>"/>
Contact: Matthew Dalzell
matthew.dalzell@lightsource.ca
306-657-3739
Canadian Light Source, Inc.
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. 1 in 10 Canadians cannot afford prescription drugs: UBC study
2. Warwick joins $3.4 million Anglo-Canadian quest for new weapons in war against antibiotic resistance
3. New Canadian Guidelines Also Support No Routine Mammograms Until 50
4. Canadian breast cancer screening guidelines would cost thousands of lives
5. Canadian Diabetes Association announces Elsevier as new publisher of Canadian Journal of Diabetes
6. Canadian researchers find potential new leukemia treatment with old antibiotic drug
7. Heart transplant surgery safe and effective: A Canadian retrospective spanning 3 decades
8. Canadian Journal of Cardiology publishes report on delayed vs. immediate coronary stenting
9. How hemp got high: Canadian scientists map the cannabis genome
10. Fatal crashes in the US: Fewer Canadian drivers under the influence
11. Skin color matters when it comes to Canadians health: UBC study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes , which specializes in the ... facility as part of a disaster drill on October 3rd. , Apple Rehab participated ... Emergency Manager, as well as the Connecticut Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids Fun Run brought out ... free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, is aimed at getting ... children of all ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, which is all about ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the ... danger possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains ... a dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest growing ... open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway 190, in ... to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows it to ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Asante, a nationally recognized ... have expanded their existing home health joint venture through an agreement, effective October ... a joint venture home health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/27/2017)... Sept. 27, 2017  DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), a leading global digital ... its MyDario product is expected to appear on The Dr. Oz Show ... Oz Show airs in your area: http://www.doctoroz.com/page/where-watch-dr-oz-show ... The nine-time Emmy award-winning, The Dr. Oz Show kicked off ... The segment features ...
(Date:9/23/2017)... -- Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen) announced today that it ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Biologics License ... of moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The ... to further evaluate the safety of sirukumab in the ... "We are disappointed by ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... , Sept. 19, 2017 HistoSonics, Inc., a venture-backed medical device company developing a ... targeted tissues, announced three leadership team developments today:   ... ... ... Veteran medical device executive Josh Stopek , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: