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Abstract  

Copper-67 is a radioisotope with significant potential for diagnostic and therapeutic applications in nuclear medicine. Despite its promise,67Cu has failed to make an impact in clinical nuclear medicine, primarily because it is available sporadically, and in limited quantities. Common methods of production rely on high energy proton irradiation of natural zinc targets or on induced reactions using high energy neutrons at nuclear reactors. We have evaluated alternative production methods that could provide year-round adequate supply of this isotope. Using a low energy accelerator, we have studied the production of67Cu by proton reactions on enriched70Zn. Our results indicate that it is possible to produce useful quantities of67Cu from the irradiation of enriched70Zn with protons that have energies of less than 20 MeV. Production rates are higher than currently used methods at high energy accelerators or reactors. This isotope can be made available throughout the year as a result of this research.

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  • Impact Factor (2019): 1.137
  • Scimago Journal Rank (2019): 0.360
  • SJR Hirsch-Index (2019): 65
  • SJR Quartile Score (2019): Q3 Analytical Chemistry
  • SJR Quartile Score (2019): Q3 Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • SJR Quartile Score (2019): Q2 Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • SJR Quartile Score (2019): Q3 Pollution
  • SJR Quartile Score (2019): Q3 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • SJR Quartile Score (2019): Q3 Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Imaging
  • SJR Quartile Score (2019): Q3 Spectroscopy
  • Impact Factor (2018): 1.186
  • Scimago Journal Rank (2018): 0.408
  • SJR Hirsch-Index (2018): 60
  • SJR Quartile Score (2018): Q2 Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • SJR Quartile Score (2018): Q2 Pollution

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Journal of Radionalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Language English
Size A4
Year of
Foundation
1968
Volumes
per Year
4
Issues
per Year
12
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
Founder's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Publisher's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
CH-6330 Cham, Switzerland Gewerbestrasse 11.
Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 0236-5731 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2780 (Online)