Since June, Saskatchewan’s cyclotron has been delivering medical isotopes to Royal University Hospital for use in PET-CT scans and, on Thursday, the 100th batch was delivered.
The Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences is operated by the Fedoruk Centre in Saskatoon.
Matthew Dalzell, spokesperson for the Fedoruk Centre, said 975 people have been scanned so far, using a PET-CT scanner available in Saskatchewan and medical isotopes produced in the province as well.
Dalzell said they also have plenty of capacity and could supply other locations with PET-CT scanners in the future.
According to the Centre, this particular type of isotope can also be used to research different kinds of cancers and can provide insight into Parkinson’s disease.