Niowave starts isotope production

2016 09 13 17 07 43 134 Atomic Technology 400

Superconducting accelerator technology firm Niowave has begun production of several medical radioisotopes using low-enriched uranium and a superconducting electron linear accelerator.

The company is manufacturing molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), iodine-131 (I-131), xenon-133 (Xe-133), and strontium-89 (Sr-89) under a license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at its Lansing, MI, operation.

Mo-99 is the parent isotope of technetium-99m (Tc-99m), a widely used radioisotope in medical diagnostic imaging, while I-131 is used for imaging and to treat hyperthyroidism. Xe-133 is inhaled for lung imaging, and Sr-89 is used to help relieve bone pain that can occur with certain types of bone cancer.

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