Nuclear Chief: Iran Self-Sufficient in Producing Oxygen-18
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi said the country has become self-sufficient in producing oxygen-18, a stable isotope of oxygen and a necessary precursor for making radiopharmaceuticals.
Speaking to reporters in the city of Khondab in Iran’s Markazi Province on Monday, Salehi said Iran has managed to produce oxygen-18 with a purity level of 97 percent.
Iran has the capacity to produce 60 kilograms of oxygen-18 in a year, he added, saying each kilogram of the substance would cost 30,000 if it were to be purchased from abroad.
Salehi finally noted that only a few countries in the world have the technical know-how to produce oxygen-18, saying Iran has gained self-sufficiency in producing the substance which is an important precursor for the production of fluorodeoxyglucose used in positron emission tomography.