The ALCEO series is an integrated system designed for the production of radioisotopes through the irradiation of a solid target.
The series consists of a family of machines configurable according to various parameters, such as:
The radioisotopes that can be produced are 64Cu, 89Zr, 124I, 123I.
The disposable-cassette operating mode allows you to separate the isotopes produced on both the ALCEO module side and on the front of the shielded compartments in which they are installed. In this operating mode, the risk of cross-contamination is fully removed, regardless of the operating procedures applied.
The ALCEO system is designed for commercial cyclotrons with energy ranging between 5 and 30 Mev. The target irradiation unit can be installed on different configurations: unshielded cyclotron, self-shielded cyclotron and external beam line.
In addition, ALCEO has an independent cooling system that provides target cooling during irradiation.
This is obtained using:
The primary helium and the cooling water are cooled during the bombardment by a secondary system.
Alternative systems are usually composed of a cyclotron, cells, and modules.
These offer many disadvantages:
The complete ALCEO configuration, called ALCEO FULL, features a single PTS unit and a Cooling System unit: the transport of the target to the corresponding module is performed via a target switch.
The radionuclides produced are available in a form suitable for radiopharmaceutical synthesis.
The integrated system allows all the operations to be carried out without manual operator intervention.
The BBS family of cells is particularly suited to host ALCEO integrated systems. It is advisable to always consider the configurations with 100mm Pb shielding.