In 1968, UChicago was one of the first academic institutions to install a cyclotron to produce short-lived radioactive isotopes for imaging. That machine was decommissioned in 1997.
The new cyclotron will allow UChicago researchers to manufacture radioactive isotopes, which can be used to diagnose disease, predict outcomes, and assess the effects of drugs. With the ability to more easily incorporate chemistry into imaging, the university will revive its radiochemistry program and expand its multidisciplinary molecular imaging program.
UChicago will be the only academic medical institution in Illinois with an operational cyclotron.
More information on the project: https://sciencelife.uchospitals.edu/2016/12/06/new-cyclotron-at-uchicago...