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A new radioactive version of the element scandium has been produced in Australia's OPAL reactor for the first time. Scandium-47 has the potential for theranostic use, that is, both as a therapeutic drug and a diagnostic agent, and has similar properties to lutetium-177, which is already being used in clinical trials.

Date: Friday, 20 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Australia-produces-first-batch-of-medical-isotope

Three recent announcements will help secure future supplies of vital medical radioisotopes. Westinghouse Electric Company and Nordion (Canada) Inc are to work together on technology to produce cobalt-60 in pressurised water reactors (PWRs); Framatome and Kinectrics have launched a new joint venture to produce lutetium-177 in partnership with Bruce Power; and BWXT Technologies' proprietary technetium-99m generators have passed a testing milestone.

Date: Saturday, 29 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Companies-work-on-securing-medical-isotope-supplie

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