Starting the Production of Radiopharmaceuticals in Razavi Hospital

Starting the Production of Radiopharmaceuticals in Razavi Hospital
Different radiography methods are required to diagnose and treat cancer tumors including brain, thyroid, bone and prostate. One of these methods is PET scan. To apply this method and also treatment of some cancers such as prostate cancer, various radiopharmaceuticals such as FDG, PSMA and FLT have to be used.
With the help of God and support of Imam Reza (AS), and despite the presence of the varying forms of sanctions and other problems over the past years to achieve the diagnostic- therapeutic advanced technology for production of radiopharmaceuticals, Razavi Hospital succeeded in launching circular accelerator (cyclotron) and producing radiopharmaceuticals on Feb. 25, 2016. Using electromagnetic energy, this cyclotron produces accelerating charged particles. Through different processes these particles are converted into short half-life radioisotopes used for PET scanning. In addition to the cyclotron, Hot Cells as well as a quality control laboratory along with its related equipment, which are critical to the patient safety, was launched. It is noticeable that the quality control laboratory is one of the unique features of Razavi Hospital cyclotron.
Observing all the global protocols and standards, in this regard, PET scan was performed on four patients after injection of radioisotopes. The installation, launch and control of this complex and advanced system were completed by Iranian specialists with the collaboration of specialists from Germany, Austria and Italy. Razavi Hospital cyclotron is currently capable of producing the radiopharmaceuticals required for other PET scan centers in the country, and is ready to collaborate with the Ministry of Health and Medical Education and other organizations.
Certainly it was impossible to launch the aforementioned systems without the support of the deceased Great Custodianship of Astan Quds Razavi, Ayatollah Waeiz Tabasi, and also the wise ideas of the authorities of Astan Quds Razavi particularly Eng. Azizian.
Now that 10 days have passed from radiopharmaceuticals production process and we are assured of the quality of the produced medicine, Razavi Hospital appreciates the attempts of all who have been involved in this project.
Date: 3/8/2016
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