Production of terbium-152 by heavy ion reactions and proton induced spallation

B. J. Allen*, G. Goozee, S. Sarkar, G. Beyer, C. Morel, A. P. Byrne

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    Terbium-152 (Tb-152) is of potential value as a radiotracer for radiolanthanides in positron emission tomography. We report the production of Tb-152 by heavy ion reactions at the ANU Tandem accelerator, and by the spallation method at the CERN proton accelerator using the on-line ISOLDE separator, obtaining microcurie and millicurie yields, respectively. After purification, a phantom image in PET is obtained which shows the feasibility of using Tb-152 for monitoring the kinetics of Tb-149 and other radiolanthanides. However, the current availability of this radioisotope will be restricted to major nuclear physics research centres. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)53-58
    Number of pages6
    JournalApplied Radiation and Isotopes
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2001


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