Determination of the Terbium-152 half-life from mass-separated samples from CERN-ISOLDE and assessment of the radionuclide purity
AuthorsCollins, S. M.
Robinson, Andrew P
Cocolios, T. E.
Fenwick, A. J.
Gerami, A. M.
Cullen, D. M.
Regan, P. H.
AffiliationNational Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, TW11 0LW, UK; School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH, UK
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AbstractTerbium-152 is one of four terbium radioisotopes that together form a potential theranostic toolbox for the personalised treatment of tumours. As 152 Tb day by positron emission it can be utilised for diagnostics by positron emission tomography. For use in radiopharmaceuticals and for activity measurements by an activity calibrator a high radionuclide purity of the material and an accurate and precise knowledge of the half-life is required. Mass-separation and radiochemical purification provide a production route of high purity 152Tb. In the current work, two mass-separated samples from the CERN-ISOLDE facility have been assayed at the National Physical Laboratory to investigate the radionuclide purity. These samples have been used to perform four measurements of the half-life by three independent techniques: high-purity germanium gamma-ray spectrometry, ionisation chamber measurements and liquid scintillation counting. From the four measurement campaigns a half-life of 17.8784(95) h has been determined. The reported half-life shows a significant difference to the currently evaluated half-life (ζ-score = 3.77), with a relative difference of 2.2 % and an order of magnitude improvement in the precision. This work also shows that under controlled conditions the combination of mass-separation and radiochemical separation can provide high-purity 152Tb.
CitationCollins SM, Köster U, Robinson AP, Ivanov P, Cocolios TE, Russell B, et al. Determination of the Terbium-152 half-life from mass-separated samples from CERN-ISOLDE and assessment of the radionuclide purity. Applied radiation and isotopes : including data, instrumentation and methods for use in agriculture, industry and medicine. 2023 Sep 27;202:111044. PubMed PMID: 37797447. Epub 2023/10/06. eng.
JournalApplied Radiation and Isotopes