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Argonne delivers expertise and access to medical isotopes

Argonne has recently become a source of therapeutic radioisotopes for the medical community, enabling novel treatments.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is now using a combination of new and revitalized technology to develop theranostic radioisotopes — that have the potential to diagnose and treat an illness such as cancer at the same time — for the DOE’s Isotope Program. The goal is to increase their availability to researchers and hospitals, helping to develop new therapies and ultimately save lives.

The Facebook Live video below explains how Argonne scientists are making this happen.

Medical isotope production at Argonne

Everyday doctors use medical isotopes to diagnose and treat various illnesses, including cancer. In today’s program we speak with Program Manager Kawtar Hafidi and Deputy Program Manager Dave Rotsch about what medical isotopes are and what role Argonne plays in their production. For more information on Argonne’s Radioisotope Research and Production Program, please visit: https://​www​.anl​.gov/​c​f​c​/​r​e​f​e​r​e​n​c​e​/​r​a​d​i​o​i​s​o​t​o​p​e​-​r​e​s​e​a​r​c​h​-​a​n​d​-​p​r​o​d​u​c​t​i​o​n​-​p​r​ogram
Posted by Argonne National Laboratory on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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