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Our NIDC News reports the latest developments in U.S. Department of Energy’s isotope production efforts, university partnerships, facility improvements, staff news, and other notable center activities as they occur. Stay Connected

 

DOE Isotope Program Medical Isotope Production Video
Take a behind-the-scenes look at our production of medical isotopes, critical to providing diagnostic and therapeutic products for the medical community. View Video  
DOE Isotope Program Sessions at SNMMI
The U.S. DOE Isotope Program and the NIDC would like to thank those of you who joined us at the June 2019 SNMMI Conference in Anaheim. Whether you sat in on one of our User Meetings, the Isotope Program Overview breakfast, a session that was moderated by a member of our team, or visited our booth, we appreciate your interest in our program and look forward to seeing you again in the future.
(From left) Rebecca Abergel, Abel Ricano, and Gauthier Deblonde of Berkeley Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division have pioneered a faster method of purifying elements. (Credit: Marilyn Chung/Berkeley Lab)
The actinides – those chemical elements on the bottom row of the periodic table – are used in applications ranging from medical treatments to space exploration to nuclear energy production. But purifying the target element so it can be used, by separating out contaminants and other elements, can be difficult and time-consuming. Now researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley…
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Recently the National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC), managed by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science for Nuclear Physics, updated the half-life value of actinium-225 (Ac-225) to 9.92 days. This is a change from the previously used value of 10.0 days. This update was made based on a paper published in Applied Radiation and Isotopes titled "Measurement of the Ac-225…
Radiochemical technicians David Denton and Karen Murphy use hot cell manipulators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory during the production of actinium-227.
Recycled medical devices, diverted from going to a special landfill, supply the key ingredient in a drug that treats prostate cancer. Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed and demonstrated a process to produce actinium-227 using harvested radium-226 from legacy medical devices. The devices are secured by the Department of Energy Isotope Program. Scientists convert the…
SNMMI 2019, Anaheim, CA
SNMMI is Right Around the Corner... We would like to invite you to join the U.S. Department of Energy Isotope Program (DOE IP) for breakfast as we host an Isotope Program Overview meeting on Monday, June 24th at 7:00 am. The Director of the DOE IP, Dr. Jehanne Gillo, will present an overview of the program and discuss the availability of new isotopes and planned development efforts. In addition…
DOE IP Forum Times Announced
Join Us for the Isotope User Group Meetings   The U.S. Department of Energy Isotope Program will host three isotope-specific user group meetings during the upcoming SNMMI 2019 conference in Anaheim, CA. These 1-hour sessions offer a unique opportunity for isotope users to congregate and tackle pertinent issues through open discussion. Knowledgeable facilitators will guide…
Image of Zirconium in a shielded cell
Zirconium-89 is a radionuclide that’s just right for cancer tumor imaging. When the isotope is combined with a tumor-seeking molecule, it lasts long enough in the body to find the tumor and to be imaged. Researchers developed a less labor-intensive and more efficient way to chemically process and purify the isotope. They use a low energy cyclotron, a simple target station, and an automated…
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The US Department of Energy Isotope Program (DOE IP) wants to hear from you at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s (SNMMI) 2018 Annual Meeting later this month in Philadelphia, PA. We invite you to join us at our DOE IP Users Meeting on Monday, June 25, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. An invitation to this open event from Dr. Jehanne Gillo, DOE IP Director, and Dr. Marc Garland,…
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The US Department of Energy Isotope Program has agreed to terms with Bayer on a 10-year supply contract for actinium-227 (Ac-227) to support the company’s anticipated market growth of Xofigo®, a drug proven to prolong survival and improve the quality of life for patients with prostate cancer that has metastasized to the skeleton. The Ac-227 is produced at and shipped from Oak Ridge National…