The plant consists of 2 hot cells, one dedicated to the extraction and purification of the product, one dedicated to the dispensing and terminal sterilization.
The part related to the extraction of the product is a cell equipped with a tele-pliers and dose calibrator, completely protected with an acid-proof coating based on fluoropolymers. It is designed to integrate a customer-specific module for the separation of 176Yb from 177Lu.
The cell handles high quantities of liquid and solid wastes in appropriate separate compartments, necessary in this type of production process. The dispensing cell integrates tele-manipulators and an automated micro-pipettor module used to dispense concentrated radioisotope micro-doses and automatically proceed to the subsequent dilution, following a batch recipe set in the control system. The operator then proceeds only to the handling of the product vials and to the loading and unloading of the autoclave.