DOE Isotope Program Highlights

News highlights from all participating national laboratories, university facilities, and other research institutions which feature work from the U.S. Department of Energy Isotope Program can be found here.

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Medical Isotope Production at Argonne National Laboratory

Everyday, doctors use medical isotopes to diagnose and treat various illnesses, including cancer.
Tennessine

NPR Story: The Convoluted Story of How The First Atoms of Tennessine Were Created

Tennessine is an extremely rare element. Only a few dozen atoms of it have ever been produced. The tale of how the first atoms of Tennessine were created is complicated.
ORNL Researcher Julie Ezold

American Nuclear Society Recognizes ORNL's Julie Ezold

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) recognized nuclear researcher, Julie Ezold of the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, at its annual Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo.
3-D Periodic Table at New York Hall of Science

3-D Periodic Table at New York Hall of Science

The New York Hall of Science unveiled a 3-D version of the periodic table of elements in honor of the International Year of the Periodic Table.
Postdoctoral researcher Robin de Kruijff (PHY) helps Dave Rotsch (CFC) (left) and his team study radioisotopes for medical applications.

EOF division helps Argonne scientists stay at the forefront of nuclear medicine

Every day, 40,000 patients undergo diagnostic scans using radioactive isotopes in the U.S. to help detect cancer and other diseases.
Gert Patello

Women @ Energy: Dr. Gert Patello

Gert Patello is a senior project manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). She oversees PNNL’s Isotope Program and serves as the main programmatic interface for PNNL with the DOE Office of Science Nuclear Physics Isotope Program
Julie Ezold, manager for the californium-252 program at ORNL. Image credit: Carlos Jones, ORNL

Isotopes to the Rescue

Men with prostate cancer that has spread to their bones can get some relief from a radioactive isotope of radium.
Nuclear chemist Saed Mirzadeh. Image credit: Carlos Jones, ORNL

Radiation, Meet Cancer Cell

Radiation is a double-edged sword. While ionizing radiation—the kind that knocks electrons off atoms— can cause cancer or even death, it can also save lives.
ORNL materials processing researcher Mike Zach. Image credit: Carlos Jones, ORNL

How Do You Want Your Isotope?

Stable isotopes require expert handling before they go to end users.
Radiochemical technicians David Denton and Karen Murphy use hot cell manipulators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory during the production of actinium-227.

Improving Isotope Supply for a Cancer-Fighting Drug

Recycled medical devices, diverted from going to a special landfill, supply the key ingredient in a drug that treats prostate cancer.