Australian news, and some related international items

Medical nuclear reactors becoming redundant as technetium imaging becoming obsolete?

“… “It’s my belief that over the next 10 years, technetium imaging will begin to disappear,” said McEwan. “The technology is 50 years old.”

McEwan explained that what can be measured and imaged with technetium has now been outstripped by what can be done with positron emission tomography (PET) imaging.

The cyclotron can produce both technetium and the newer PET imaging isotopes, making it an important transition technology because it means people can run both systems simultaneously while moving their entire fleet of imaging units and scanners to PET

“When the technetium market dies, technology that is specific for technetium production dies because it can’t be used for anything else,” added Wilson, “whereas a cyclotron can produce a variety of different isotopes for diagnostic imaging that are used in medicine.” ….”…/ualberta-cyclotron-could…

September 3, 2022 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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