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Isotope Sciences Program

Isotope Sciences Program—A National Technology Resource

The Isotope Sciences Program at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory supports scientific advances in the production and use of radioisotopes for research, medicine, and industrial applications.

We serve government, private industry, and academic clients in the U.S. and worldwide. Our goal is to provide cost-effective and timely solutions to clients with special needs for expert services.

We perform work for the Department of Energy's Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications (IDPRA) subprogram of the Office of Nuclear Physics in the DOE Office of Science. This DOE subprogram produces and sells stable isotopes and radioisotopes world-wide, including materials from our Laboratory. Please direct requests for purchase of isotopes to: The National Isotopes Development Center, Isotope Business Office at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, phone: (865) 574-6984.

Program Focus

Isotope Production—ensuring an adequate supply of medical and industrial radioisotopes

  • Advanced, high-purity radiochemical separation techniques for obtaining
  • Radionuclide generators for zirconium-89, bismuth-212, and bismuth-213
  • Reactor and accelerator targets using radium-226 for making short-lived alpha-emitters

Recovery and Recycle—enhancing our national security

  • Matching excess radioactive sources with end-users in need of those materials
  • Recovery of orphan radioactive sources for safeguarding and beneficial reuse, such as strontium-90, cesium-137, radium-226, and neptunium-237
  • Reprocessing and remanufacturing of radioisotope sources for special applications

Applications Research—identifying new chemistry solutions

  • Advanced radiochemical separations and automated systems
  • Brachytherapy seed design and testing
  • Injectable radionuclide-polymer composites for high-dose interstitial cancer treatment
  • Nanoparticle constructs for cell-directed radioimmunotherapy of cancer

Client Technical Support—serving the special needs of our clients

Isotope Sciences Program

Medical Isotopes


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory licenses exclusive rights to eight patents in radiogel technology to Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation. (April 12, 2012)

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