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First radioisotopes produced at Saskatchewan's Cyclotron

 

The cyclotron and beamline in the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences

The cyclotron and beamline at the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences

The Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences on the University of Saskatchewan campus passed a significant milestone this week, with the production of the cyclotron’s first radioisotopes on Wednesday, June 24. A small amount of the radioisotope nitrogen-13 was produced as part of the facility’s commissioning activities.

“This is an important step as we prepare to run the cyclotron up to full power and get ready to make product for research and eventually medical use,” said Neil Alexander, Executive Director of the Fedoruk Centre, who manage the cyclotron facility. “We still have much to do, but this shows that we are making progress.”

Commissioning activities involve putting the cyclotron and its systems through a series of tests to ensure that everything works as designed. The next goal is to produce another radioisotope, fluorine-18, used in PET-CT scans for research at the U of S and for medical use at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. The first fluorine-18 for research use is expected to be produced early this fall.

Construction of the $25-million Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences was completed in December. The cyclotron will produce radioisotopes for nuclear imaging research in plants, animals and humans, and for medical PET-CT scans to diagnose cancer and other diseases. 

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About the Fedoruk Centre

The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation aims to place Saskatchewan among global leaders in nuclear research, development and training through investment in partnerships with academia and industry for maximum societal and economic benefit. Working with Saskatchewan-based research leaders, our investments are intended to enable the acquisition, generation and interpretation of knowledge in the areas of nuclear medicine, materials research with nuclear methods, energy and safety engineering including small reactors, and managing the risks and benefits of nuclear technology for society and our environment. The Fedoruk Centre is funded by Innovation Saskatchewan as an independent, not-for-profit subsidiary of the University of Saskatchewan. www.fedorukcentre.ca.

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Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation
Phone: (306) 966-3379 Cell: (306) 280-6245
matthew.dalzell@fedorukcentre.ca