Research Group Information
Assistant & Associate Professors: 2
PhD Students: 6
Support Staff: 5
Nuclear medicine uses radiation to provide information about the functioning of a person's specific organs, or to treat a disease. In most cases, the information is used by physicians to make a quick diagnosis of the patient's illness. The thyroid, bones, heart, liver, and many other organs can be easily imaged, and disorders in their function revealed. In some cases, radiation can be used to treat diseased organs, or tumours. In both imaging and treatment, the radionuclides play an important role with more than 48 million examinations and treatments per year worldwide and with an expected increase of a steady 5% per year.
The research interests of the section Applied Radiation & Isotopes (ARI) include the production, separation and labelling of radionuclides; their analysis by nuclear spectroscopic techniques; the synthesis and application of nanocarriers for radiotheraphy and the development of new materials for dose determination. More details on each topic can be found on the following publications:
- Design of nano-carriers for the retention of radio nuclides for both nuclear diagnostics and systemic radionuclide therapy.
- The development of new radionuclide generators. https://www.nature.com/articles/srep44242
- Isotopic enrichment based on Szilard-Chalmers reaction. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apradiso.2018.06.002
- Production of radionuclides of medical interest
- Fluorescent nuclear track detectors for alpha radiation microdosimetry.
Health Physics level 5B
All students at ARI will be trained to work safely with radiation and are expected to complete a short radiation safety course, for which they will receive the nationally recognized certificate Health Physics level 5B. This radiation safety course is included in the curriculum for ARI students and must be completed before or at the start of the student project.