Isotopes for medicine

Isotopes for medicine

Radioactive medicine is isotopes in a particular state, which is used for diagnosing and treatment of patients.

The patient receives a small amount of radioactive material through an injection or a capsule. The radioactive substance conducts the radioactivity to the organ we want to investigate. Diseased tissue will distribute the material differently than in healthy tissue. In this way, it is easy for the doctor to see whether patients have cancer using PET and CT scanning.

The isotopes contain small doses of radioactivity and have a short half-life and do not produce damage to the body. Isotopes can also be used in cancer treatment, by reducing the cancer cells.

IFE controls and distributes radioactive drugs to Norwegian hospitals. IFE is since 2013 producer of the radiopharmaceutical Xofigo for Bayer.