Nov 14, 2014
By Michael Kramer
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.