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Isotope Production and Applications

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.

Isotopes produced at Los Alamos National Laboratory are saving lives, advancing cutting-edge research and keeping the U.S. safe. Strontium-82 produced at Los Alamos is used in hospitals nation- and world-wide for critical cardiac imaging while LANL-produced germanium-68 is used to calibrate Positron Emission Tomography (PET) equipment used for a broad spectrum of diagnostic procedures. Some isotopes produced, such as aluminum-26 and silicon-32, are unique to Los Alamos, while others, such as the burgeoning production of Ac-225, are available from multiple sites. 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 Isotope Production program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Nuclear Physics.


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