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Novel and Improved Solid Target for Medical Cyclotrons

SK2016-092

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

Currently, most solid targets made for medical cyclotrons require significant space and expense for external beam line setup. The Compact Solid Target developed at MSK implements a novel design and cooling arrangement, and it is small enough to fit all major brands of medical cyclotrons.

This target design allows for a higher yield of radionuclides and target release can be automated to reduce the risk of personnel radiation exposure. The unique cooling arrangement allows the solid target to be shrunk into a compact size to fit almost any medical cyclotron, eliminating the need for a beamline, while also facilitating the loading and dropping of radioactive materials.

This technology is fully compatible with cyclotron beam properties designed for traditional cyclotron setup (18F, 11C, 13N). It also easily adapts to alternative cyclotron methods such as air, water and helium cooling.

ADVANTAGES

  • Novel target design with 100 and 200 slants which allow more efficient heat transfer toward high beam current capability and produces a higher radionuclide yield

  • Easy-to-use target load and drop

  • Space saving design, with unique cooling arrangement

  • Reduced risk from radioactive materials, since target head is released easily from back of target chamber

  • Ability to be integrated into standard target package available from any cyclotron manufacturer

MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

Compact Solid Target improves the safety and ease-of-use of medical cyclotrons by academic and commercial facilities

AREAS OF APPLICATION

Medical cyclotron use (potential adoption by any/all medical cyclotron manufacturers)

STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT

Functional Prototype

PATENT INFORMATION

Provisional filed

LEAD INVESTIGATOR

Yiauchung (Howard) Sheh, MS, Senior Cyclotron Engineer, MSK Core Facilities

CONTACT INFORMATION

Alexandra Buga, MS, MBA, Licensing Associate
Tel: 646-888-1078
E-mail: bugaa@mskcc.org

MSK Internal Code: SK2016-092

Stage of Development

Design/Prototype