The irradiation of raw materials (either in a reactor or in an accelerator) is only a small part of the production process of medical isotopes. A series of purification and process steps in various laboratories follows the irradiation. The extent to which reactors can play a role in the production of medical isotopes therefore strongly depends on the proximity of parties who can quickly prepare and transport the irradiated materials to the hospitals. Sophisticated logistics is extremely important due to the short life of the isotopes.
Isotopes production chain
The PALLAS-reactor is being realised at the Energy & Health Campus. Located here are the most important organisations that are part of the precarious production process of medical isotopes.