Nuclear diagnostic imaging techniques enable medical professionals around the world to identify diseases at an early stage, track disease progression, allow for accurate disease staging and provide predictive information about the likely success of alternative therapy options.
One of the most important diagnostic techniques is gamma imaging. Nuclear medicine departments use gamma cameras to detect diseases in various organs, including: heart, brain, bone, lung and the thyroid. Urenco Stable Isotopes produces the stable precursors for the radioisotopes 67gallium (i.e. 68zinc), 111indium (i.e. 112cadmium) and 123iodine (i.e. 124xenon), which are all used in these cameras.
Another diagnostic radioisotope is 124iodine, which is used for positron emission tomography. We produce the stable precursor 124tellurium.
Urenco Stable Isotopes also produces enriched 98molybdenum and 100molybdenum, which after irradiation is activated to 99molybdenum.
99Molybdenum decays into 99mtechnetium which is used as a tracer and detected in the body by medical diagnostic imaging techniques.