September 11, 2015 — Zevacor Molecular (Zevacor), manufacturer and distributor of positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) radiopharmaceuticals, announced the arrival of a 70 MeV Cyclotron at its new production facility in Noblesville, Indiana.
The 140-ton Cyclone 70P, manufactured in Belgium by Ion Beam Applications S.A (IBA), is the first commercial 70 MeV cyclotron dedicated to medical use in the United States. Expected to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2016, the cyclotron is being installed in a new, state-of-the-art high capacity manufacturing center. The center will house a complement of radioisotope synthesis equipment able to produce a broad range of radiopharmaceuticals for clinical and research applications.
The initial primary focus of the 70 MeV cyclotron will be the commercial manufacture of Strontium 82 to ensure an ample, stable U.S.-based supply of Strontium 82/Rubidium 82 generators for use in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. The cyclotron will also be employed to produce a wide variety of other radionuclides for both research and clinical applications.
The Cyclone 70P is an optimized, high-power proton cyclotron with variable proton acceleration in the energy range of 30 to 70 MeV. The 140-ton unit has two ports, six beam lines and capabilities for solid, liquid and gas targets.
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