Author: Hur, M.G.
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Recent Progress in the Production of Medical Radioisotopes with RFT-30 Cyclotron  
  • E.J. Lee, M.G. Hur, Y.B. Kong, J.H. Park, H.S. Song, S.D. Yang
    KAERI, Daejon, Republic of Korea
  RFT-30 cyclotron has been regularly operated since 2013, and research on the production of radioisotopes (RIs) has been performed using this cyclotron. Fluorine-18 (F-18), which is the most widely-used positron emitter, has been regularly produced and provided to users in universities and research institutes since 2015. In 2018, mass-production of zirconium-89 (Zr-89) is successfully achieved. Zr-89 has a half-life of 3.3 days which is well matched to the circulation half-lives of antibodies. In addition, long-term proton irradiation for the production of germanium-68 (Ge-68), which is one of the typical generator RIs, was also carried out. A generator is a device used to extract the positron-emitting daughter radioisotope from a source of the decaying parent radioisotope which has a relatively long half-life. Furthermore, we are trying to optimize irradiation conditions for the RI production and following processes after the irradiation. The research on the production of other useful RIs and the performance improvement for the mass-production will be accomplished in the future.  
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