Today: 14.Jul.2020

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, ANSTO: On average, every Australian can expect at some stage in their life to have a nuclear medicine procedure that uses a radioisotope for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radiation to provide information about a person's body and the functioning of specific organs. The radioisotopes made in cyclotrons complement those made in a reactor. Atoms with extra neutrons in the nucleus are called neutron-rich and are produced in a nuclear reactor. Atoms with extra protons in the nucleus are called neutron-deficient and are produced in a particle accelerator such as a cyclotron. Both types of radioisotopes are needed to service all of Australia's nuclear medical needs.

ANSTO, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation explains uses of radioisotopes in Australia.

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ANSTO - Nuclear-based science benefiting all Australians. The construction of Australia’s new world-class research reactor, OPAL, heralds the nation’s determination to maintain its position at the frontiers of international science. OPAL will become the centre-piece of the facilities we offer at ANSTO, where we apply our nuclear expertise to support health, environmental, industrial and national security objectives.

Radioisotopes are playing an increasingly important part in Australian life. They are widely used in medicine, industry and scientific research, and new applications for their use are constantly being developed. In many cases, radioisotopes have no substitute and in most of their applications they are more effective and cheaper than alternative techniques or processes.