Tuesday, April 22
1 - 2 pm
(media are encouraged to be on-site no later than 12:50 pm)
120 Maintenance Road (see map)
Funding for the cyclotron was announced in March 2011. Construction of the facility, which includes the cyclotron and a laboratory to process the radioisotopes it will produce, began in June 2013 and is anticipated to be completed in September 2014, becoming fully operational in October 2015.
A cyclotron is a particle accelerator that produces radioisotopes by bombarding target materials with high-energy protons. The resulting radioisotopes are used in nuclear medicine, such as PET-CT imaging, as well as for research.
The cyclotron was manufactured by Advanced Cyclotron Systems Inc. and shipped from its factory in Burnaby, B.C. to Saskatoon. The accelerator, along with a Y-shaped beamline and support systems, will be hoisted and placed by crane.
For additional information visit: http://www.fedorukcentre.ca/facilities/cyclotron-facility.php
For more information, contact:
Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan