DOE Isotope Program Highlights
Men with prostate cancer that has spread to their bones can get some relief from a radioactive isotope of radium.
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.
Stable isotopes require expert handling before they go to end users.
Recycled medical devices, diverted from going to a special landfill, supply the key ingredient in a drug that treats prostate cancer.
Cathy Cutler, Director of the Medical Isotope Research & Production program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, was honored for her scientific accomplishments.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory will once again be producing an array of nearly pure, stable, nonradioactive isotopes with uses ranging from treating cancer and medical imaging to keeping airports safe.