Faculty Advisor

Medich, David Christopher

Abstract

The purpose of this IQP was to investigate the feasibility of using MIT's Nuclear Reactor to domestically produce radioisotopes for medical imaging procedures at local area hospitals, namely Massachusetts General Hospital. The two most prevalent isotopes in nuclear medical imaging were focused on, Technetium-99m and Iodine-131. It was determined that due to irradiation rates and the necessity of using a Mo-99/Tc-99m generator, domestic production of Tc-99m is prohibitively expensive. Iodine-131, however, was found to have a more optimistic outlook as it can be eluted without the use of a radioisotope generator.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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