Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute – Cyclotron Facility
The vault is where the cyclotron is housed in the facility. It is a specially designed room surrounded by 8 feet of concrete to limit exposure to radiation. The facility and external environment have been tested extensively to ensure public safety.
The Cyclotron is a particle accelerator that can be used to generate radioactive materials. Basically, the cyclotron is comprised of seven main sections:
-Ion Source Injection System
-Radio Frequency System
The facility has a state-of-the-art research laboratory that is well equipped to handle radioactive material safely.
This is the technical area behind the hot cells of the research and clinical production labs.
Cyclotron Equipment and Gasses
In this room adjacent to the cyclotron vault you will find gasses used to operate the cyclotron, radiation safety equipment, cyclotron cooling systems, as well as equipment used to power cyclotron components.
Clinical Production Area
All radiopharmaceuticals intended for clinical use must be produced and packaged in a sterile environment. It is crucial that the environment in our clinical production area is cleaned properly and monitored to ensure that it meets strict industry regulations. Patient safety is paramount.
Quality Control Room
The Quality Control Program is vital to ensuring patient safety. Strict guidelines must be followed to ensure that the radiopharmaceutical is suitable for clinical use.
- Multichannel analyzer- determination of radionuclidic purity
- Radio-TLC plate reader- determination of radiochemical purity
- Well counter- determination of radionuclidic identity
To limit outside contamination of our sterile environment from the rest of the facility, the pig is delivered to the shipping area via pass through hatch.
Cyclotron Control Room
Remote operation of the cyclotron occurs in the control room. The operator can also monitor the radiation levels throughout the facility from this location