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Cyclotron at State Cancer Institute now operational

 GUWAHATI, May 27 - The medical cyclotron installed at the State Cancer Institute, Gauhati Medical College, is now operational following approval granted by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Govt of India, stated a press release issued here today.

 The cyclotron at the State Cancer Institute is the only cyclotron in the Northeast, and also the only one under a state government in India.

The cyclotron is capable for producing radiopharmaceuticals and one of the major productions is 18 F fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), which is essential for carrying out PET scan procedure.

The FDG product is not only catering to the need of the State Cancer Institute but also is being supplied to three PET scan centres in the State.

Till now, FDG was being supplied mostly by private centres from outside Assam, and hence, its installation at the government institute is a major landmark in the field of nuclear medicine for the region.

The institute has plans to produce other radiopharmaceuticals to expand the scope of study of nuclear medicine at the cancer institute, the release added.

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