Paris, 1 February 2013
Cyrcé, a new cyclotron for medical research
Cyrcé (Cyclotron pour la Recherche et l'Enseignement—Cyclotron for Research and Teaching), the new particle accelerator completed a few months ago at the Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien (IPHC, CNRS/Université de Strasbourg) on the Strasbourg-Cronenbourg campus, is now up and running. It has just performed its first production of fluorine-18, a radioisotope commonly used as a tracer in nuclear medicine. This marks the start of operations at the facility—the only one of its kind in Europe—made available for academic research. Cyrcé is part of a French initiative to determine novel radioelements that will facilitate progress in diagnosis, monitoring of medicines and the discovery of new therapeutic protocols, especially in oncology and neurology.
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