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MSU Research History: Radio-Pharmacy Opens on Campus

To better deliver nuclear biomarkers created at its medical cyclotron, seen during installation, MSU is partnering with Cardinal Health to open a new radio-pharmacy on campus. Photo courtesy of the Department of Radiology.

2011- Michigan State University partners with Cardinal Health to open a radio-pharmacy on campus, a move that streamlines access to nuclear imaging agents created at an MSU medical cyclotron and used in procedures such as PET scans.

As a result, Cardinal Health – a Dublin, Ohio-based health care services company – will run the new MSU radio-pharmacy, creating and distributing the agents directly to hospitals and imaging centers throughout the state and region. That direct distribution means improved access for patients: Because imaging agents decay very quickly and lose potency, patient-specific doses must get to hospitals and clinics without delay.

At MSU’s medical cyclotron, established in 2004, scientists create several different nuclear isotopes that are used in imaging agents for procedures such as positron emission tomography scans, or PET scans. Once the agents are introduced into the body, the scan detects them, producing a 3-D image of functional processes in the body. PET scans can be used to detect serious illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and neurological disorders.

Cardinal Health operates the largest network of radio pharmacies in the United States and is one of the nation’s largest employers of nuclear pharmacists. In addition to compounding and dispensing nuclear imaging agents, the company works with pharmaceutical companies and academic research institutions to accelerate the development and commercialization of new imaging agents.

– excerpted from Jason Cody, Tom Cooper via MSU Today

PHOTO: To better deliver nuclear biomarkers created at its medical cyclotron, seen during installation, MSU is partnering with Cardinal Health to open a new radio-pharmacy on campus. Photo courtesy of the Department of Radiology.

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