MEDICAL ISOTOPES CREATED BY X-RAYS CALLED A BREAKTHROUGH

Nov 14, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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A breakthrough on medical isotopes.

In Saskatoon, scientists using the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron have successfully used X-rays to produce medical isotopes – which are used in some diagnostic tests.

Director Mark de Jong says the discovery could eventually be of help – to prevent a shortage of the material.

Generally, medical isotopes are created in nuclear reactors – but the CLSS particle accelerator at the University of Saskatchewan has more of a positive outcome because it doesn’t create any nuclear waste – and is more reliable.

There are only a few nuclear reactors in the world that produce medical isotopes – and de Jong says many of them are 40 to 50 years old.

The project is expected to get approval from Health Canada by 2016.

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