First F-18 Radioisiotope was Produced at TAEK-PAF

First radioisotope was produced on October 13th, 2011 during tests at the TAEK Proton Accelerator Facility (PAF) in Sarayköy Nuclear Research and Training Center. The test was started at 09:31 A.M. and lasted for two hours. 18 MeV proton beam was used at 40 µA current during the test. F-18 radioisotope with the activity of 5349 mCi was produced at target in the end of irradiation of enriched H218O (96%). The test was completed successfully.

TAEK-PAF is established to produce iodine-123, flourine-18, indium-111, gallium-67 and thallium-201 used for diagnosis of organs and several diseases such as cancer, neurological diseases, physiology of brain and its pathology, coronary diseases and heart imaging. The production of radiopharmaceuticals, quality control of products and distribution of products as patient dose will be conducted at the Facility. Besides, research and training activities in nuclear field will be undertaken at TAEK-PAF.

Tests at TAEK-PAF will continue in October and November this year.

Picture 1: Accelerator and beam parameters (screen in the control room)

Picture 2: Stability of proton beam (constant at 40 µA)

Picture 3: Position of accelerator and irradiation vaults (screen of building management system in control room)

Picture 4: Activity of F-18 measured at receiving hot-cell (5153 mCi)