News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019

BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method

Novel technique enables simultaneous production of molybdenum-99 and other isotopes without the need for highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium

BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method

June 5, 2019 – BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for producing radioisotopes for nuclear medicine and medical imaging technologies such as computed tomography (CT) scan and positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT).

Developed by Alexander Tsechanski, Ph.D., from the BGU Department of Nuclear Engineering, the new technique obviates the need for highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium and a nuclear reactor. Nuclear medicine often necessitates the use of technetium-99m (Tc-99m) as the isotope for imaging, an unstable technetium isotope with a only a six-hour half-life that requires onsite production. In order to produce it in an economically efficient way, currently it requires weapons-grade, highly enriched uranium and a nuclear reactor to generate molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), which decays into technetium-99m (Tc-99m).

The new invention uses the naturally occurring and stable molybdenum-100 (Mo-100) isotope and a linear electron accelerator to generate Mo-99 and Tc-99m1. This process can also simultaneously generate other short-lived radioisotopes such as F-18, O-15, N-13 and C-11 as byproducts for use in PET scans.

BGN Technologies said it is currently looking for partners for further developing and commercializing the technology.

For more information: www.in.bgu.ac.il

Related Radiopharmaceuticals Content

Shine Medical Technologies Breaks Ground on U.S. Medical Isotope Production Facility

University of Missouri Research Reactor Files to Start U.S. Production of Medical Isotopes

FDA Clears Path for First Domestic Supply of Tc-99m Isotope

Reference

1. Fedorchenkoa D.V. and Tsechanski A. Photoneutronic aspects of the molybdenum-99 production by means of electron linear accelerators. Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research B, published online Oct. 23, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nimb.2018.10.018

Related Content

NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility
News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019
NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-...
Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics
News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019
Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company...

Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare

Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale
Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging.
DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software
Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019
DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet...
United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT System
News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019
United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/...
International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines

X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019
An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for...
A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse

Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers.

News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019
The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular...
RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform
News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019
RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,...
Study Explores Magnetic Nanoparticles as Bimodal Imaging Agent for PET/MRI

Image courtesy of MR Solutions.

News | PET-MRI | May 23, 2019
Researchers from Bourgogne University in Dijon, France, showed that use of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (...
New Phase 2B Trial Exploring Target-Specific Myocardial Ischemia Imaging Agent
News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 17, 2019
Biopharmaceutical company CellPoint plans to begin patient recruitment for its Phase 2b cardiovascular imaging study in...