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Isotopes produced at Los Alamos National Laboratory are saving lives, advancing cutting-edge research and keeping the U.S. safe.

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Isotope Production and Applications

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Isotopes produced at IPF are critical for medical diagnosis and disease treatment. These positron emission tomography images were made possible using isotopes produced at LANL.

The LANL Isotope Program utilizes unique capabilities to produce radioisotopes that are in short supply. The Isotope Production Facility (IPF), a 100 MeV proton bombardment station located at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), is a premier facility able to conduct high current irradiations for large scale production, as well as delicate low current experimental work. The program also maintains a robust hot cell facility for isotope processing as well as a glovebox line within the LANL plutonium facility.

Isotopes produced at Los Alamos National Laboratory are saving lives, advancing cutting-edge research and keeping the U.S. safe. Strontium-82 (82Sr) produced at Los Alamos is fabricated into generators used nation- and world-wide for critical cardiac imaging while LANL-produced germanium-68 (68Ge) is used for a broad spectrum of diagnostic procedures. LANL is a key site for increasing availability of actinium-225 (225Ac), an isotope used in clinical research probing direct applications for targeted alpha therapy (TAT) as well as for a generator of bismuth-213 (213Bi), also of interest for TAT.  LANL produces high purity sodium-22 (22Na) for positron emission tomography sources, and arsenic-73 (73As) for environmental research. We have partnered with the TRIUMF facility to receive irradiated targets that are processed for aluminum-26 (26Al) and silicon-32 (32Si). In addition to our existing portfolio of routine production isotopes, the LANL Isotope Program is engaged in the development of new isotopes for application in the fields of medicine, fundamental nuclear physics, national security, environmental science and industrial applications. Los Alamos National Laboratory possesses a unique combination of facilities and staff expertise for the production, purification, distribution and application for a variety of isotopes and related services.

The LANL Isotope Program is part of the DOE Isotope Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Nuclear Physics.

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