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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

 

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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…
The DOE Isotope Program (DOE IP) is pleased to announce the availability of radium-224/lead-212 generators. Lead-212 (10.6 hour half-life) and its daughter bismuth-212 (60.6 minute half-life) are of interest in targeted alpha-particle therapy of cancer, including breast and ovarian cancers and melanoma. Research in progress is demonstrating the effectiveness of these isotopes in destroying cancer…
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…
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The latest issue of our National Isotope Development Center (NIDC) Newsletter is now available! Read about the latest developments in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) isotope production, university partnerships, facility improvements, staff news, and other notable center activities. Highlights for this issue include:   DOE produces first newly enriched stable isotope in nearly two…
Ru-96 team
A team of 11 research staff at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been commended by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for their instrumental roles in the campaign to produce the enriched stable isotope ruthenium-96 (Ru-96), last produced in the United States more than 40 years ago. Presented on behalf of Dr. Stephen Binkley, Deputy Director for Science Programs in the Office of Science…