Availability of Alpha-Emitting Radioisotopes by Reactor and Accelerator Production and via Decay of Naturally Occurring Parents

  • F. F. (Russ) Knapp
  • Ashutosh Dash


Because of the high LET, interest in the use of alpha-emitting radioisotopes for targeted therapy has rapidly increased over the last decade. A variety of candidates are available from decay of naturally occurring species such as 229Th and also via both accelerator and reactor production routes (Chaps. 5 and 6). The chemistry required for separation and purification of these actinide species is complex and requires multi-step sequential procedures. Therapeutic applications of alpha-emitting radioisotopes primary focus on oncology and include tumor therapy and palliation of skeletal metastases. The radiopharmaceuticals which have been prepared with alpha emitters and the highlights of preclinical studies and status of clinical applications are discussed in subsequent chapters. This chapter is focused on the production and process chemistry required to provide these alpha emitters for subsequent radiolabeling and biological evaluation.


Alpha Emitter Titanium Phosphate Chlorinate Cobalt Dicarbollide Daughter Radionuclide High Flux Isotope Reactor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. F. (Russ) Knapp
    • 1
  • Ashutosh Dash
    • 2
  1. 1.Nuclear Security and Isotope DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOAK RIDGEUSA
  2. 2.Isotope Production and Applications DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreMumbaiIndia

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