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Researchers report fastest purification of astatine-211 needed for targeted cancer therapy
Astatine-211 recovery from bismuth metal using a chromatography system. Unlike bismuth, astatine-211 forms chemical bonds with ketones.
In a recent study, Texas A&M University researchers have described a new process to purify astatine-211, a promising radioactive isotope for targeted cancer treatment. Unlike other elaborate purification methods, their technique can extract astatine-211 from bismuth in minutes rather than hours, which can greatly reduce the time between production and delivery to the patient.
“Astatine-211 is currently under evaluation as a cancer therapeutic in clinical trials. But the problem is that the supply chain for this element is very limited because only a few places worldwide can make it,” said Jonathan Burns, research scientist in the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Nuclear Engineering and Science Center. “Texas A&M University is one of a handful of places in the world that can make astatine-211, and we have delineated a rapid astatine-211 separation process that increases the usable quantity of this isotope for research and therapeutic purposes.”
The researchers added that this separation method will bring Texas A&M one step closer to being able to provide astatine-211 for distribution through the Department of Energy’s Isotope Program’s National Isotope Development Center as part of the University Isotope Network.
Details on the chemical reaction to purify astatine-211 are in the journal Separation and Purification Technology.
Brian M. Patterson, Kimberly A. DeFriend Obrey, George J. Havrilla, Abbas Nikroo, Haibo Huang
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 55 | Number 4 | May 2009 | Pages 417-423
Technical Paper | Eighteenth Target Fabrication Specialists' Meeting | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A7420
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Three-dimensional (3-D) computed micro X-ray tomography (micro CT) and 3-D confocal micro X-ray fluorescence (MXRF) combined are very useful nondestructive metrology techniques for determining the unique compositional and morphological information of fusion targets and target materials. Micro CT and confocal MXRF are being used in concert to examine a beryllium ablator capsule that has been sputtered and graded doped with copper and argon. In this manuscript, we will show that two-dimensional (2-D) MXRF imaging in concert with a simple radiograph is very useful for approximating the copper and argon profiles in the x and y dimensions, but because of the lack of signal discrimination in the z direction, image "bleed" from the sample regions where the X-rays are out of focus is prevalent. Data collected using the micro CT and overlapped with the confocal MXRF data produce absorbance and elemental line profiles without the signal bleed. Overlapping the 3-D data from these techniques provides a more accurate picture of the composition of these capsules than 2-D nondestructive techniques.