Yekaterinburg’s Ural Federal University will begin producing radiopharmaceuticals for medical institutions in the near future.
UrFU’s Institute of Physics and Technology has purchased a new cyclotron TR 24, which is a key mechanism in creating radiopharmaceuticals. The new tool costs more than $6 million.
The institute’s old cyclotron, which was 50 years old, has been dismantled to make way for the new cyclotron. Workers are currently building radiation protection around the site of the new cyclotron, seeking to insulate the surrounding area from the radiation.
Vladimir Ivanov, the head of the Department of Experimental Physics, said after UrFU researchers create the radiopharmaceuticals, they will be delivered to medical institutions. First, however, the university must obtain a license that will allow them to legally supply the radiopharmaceuticals.
Previous radiopharmaceuticals developed by UrFU were not given to the region’s medical centers.
"Our position in respect to radiopharmaceuticals can be called a pioneer,” Ivanov said.