Nuclear Sciences

ISOLPHARM, a new production method of high specific activity beta-emitting radionuclides as radiopharmaceutical precursors

ISOLPHARM, un nuevo método de producción de radionúclidos emisores beta de actividad específica alta como precursores radiofarmacéuticos


At INFN-LNL (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare- Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro) SPES (Selective Production of Exotic Species), a new facility for the production of radioactive ion beams is being constructed at INFN-LNL (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare - Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro). Radioactive ion beams of neutron-rich nuclei with high purity, in the range of mass between 80 and 160 amu, will be produced by nuclear reactions induced by 40 MeV protons from a cyclotron.

The goal of the ISOLPHARM project is to provide a feasibility study for an innovative technology for the production of extremely very high specific activity beta emitting radionuclides as radiopharmaceutical precursors. The ISOL method, adopted in the ISOLPHARM project (a branch of the SPES project), gives the possibility of obtaining pure isobaric beams. In this way, no isotopic contaminations will be present in the beam and afterwards in a proper trapping substrate.

The ground-breaking idea of the ISOLPHARM method was granted an International patent (INFN).


radiopharmaceuticals; radioisotopes; cyclotrons; isotope separation; radioactive ion beams.


En INFN-LNL (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare - Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro) SPES (Producción selectiva de especies exóticas), se está construyendo una nueva instalación para la producción de haces de iones radiactivos en INFN-LNL (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare - Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro). Se producirán haces de iones radiactivos de núcleos ricos en neutrones