Chemical purification of terbium-155 from pseudo-isobaric impurities in a mass separated source produced at CERN
AffiliationNational Physical Laboratory, Teddington, TW11 0LW, UK
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AbstractFour terbium radioisotopes ((149, 152, 155, 161)Tb) constitute a potential theranostic quartet for cancer treatment but require any derived radiopharmaceutical to be essentially free of impurities. Terbium-155 prepared by proton irradiation and on-line mass separation at the CERN-ISOLDE and CERN-MEDICIS facilities contains radioactive (139)Ce(16)O and also zinc or gold, depending on the catcher foil used. A method using ion-exchange and extraction chromatography resins in two column separation steps has been developed to isolate (155)Tb with a chemical yield of >/=95% and radionuclidic purity >/=99.9%. Conversion of terbium into a form suitable for chelation to targeting molecules in diagnostic nuclear medicine is presented. The resulting (155)Tb preparations are suitable for the determination of absolute activity, SPECT phantom imaging studies and pre-clinical trials.
CitationWebster B, Ivanov P, Russell B, Collins S, Stora T, Ramos JP, et al. Chemical purification of terbium-155 from pseudo-isobaric impurities in a mass separated source produced at CERN. Sci Rep. 2019 Jul 26;9(1):10884.