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2014-05-30 at 10:25

Cyclotron on horizon

By Jodi Lundmark,
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THUNDER BAY -- The city's research institute expects the $4-million cyclotron to be installed this fall.

The Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute's director of research and cyclotron operations Michael Campbell said Thursday that construction on the hospital's medical sciences building on Oliver Road is well underway and the walls of the bunker that will house the cyclotron should be going up by the end of June.

They expect the machine itself to be lowered into the bunker in September; the cyclotron should be operational a few months after that.

"Part of the process we have to go through is we have to make sure all the safety systems that we've designed and put in place are working properly and also make sure the machine is performing up to specs," said Campbell.

The cyclotron will be used for medical imaging and research and Campbell said it will give the institute access to isotopes that can sometimes be delayed by flight cancellations. It will also be an asset when the Chalk River reactor is closed in 2016.

"It's very important both for us at the research institute from a research perspective, but I think it's also important for people in Northwestern Ontario from a health-care perspective," he said.

At startup, the cyclotron will create five jobs and it could eventually create 10 positions.

The total cost of the project is about $10 million with $4 million provided by the federal government, $3.9 million from the province and $1.5 million from the city.

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The Beaver..... says:
Why have you not informed us that today is the day for the City and CN to meet in regards to the Bridge
5/30/2014 10:30:05 AM
Bulging Beyond Belief says:
Why do you feel the need to comment on things completely unrelated to the story... That is the problem with a privately owned route (bridge)... CN doesn't HAVE to do anything.
5/30/2014 11:24:43 AM
rob20 says:
Why don't you post a comment on topic?
5/30/2014 12:29:42 PM
yqtyqt says:
"The total cost of the project is about $10 million with $4 million provided by the federal government, $3.9 million from the province and $1.5 million from the city"

I don't know if I'm reading this right. But out of the $10 million price tag, $9.4 million comes from taxpayers?

And the cyclotron will create five jobs and it could eventually create 10 positions. Those are pretty expensive jobs.

I hope I'm wrong here, but does the business plan state that there are other benefits?
5/30/2014 11:11:05 AM
bxylq says:
This will allow for the use of isotopes at the hospital that we were unable to use before due to their short half-lives. Additionally, having the cyclotron will likely create more jobs in research and I'm sure not having the ship these from larger centers will also save money.
5/30/2014 2:43:23 PM
smartguy83 says:
That's like complaining about the Hospital or Municipal buildings being government funded lol...sometimes I get worried about the citizens of this great (?) city....
5/30/2014 3:19:29 PM
jimmyboy says:
it all comes from the taxpayers pocket.
5/30/2014 9:58:03 PM
northsup says:
Ummm....Cancer treatment and research!
6/1/2014 8:20:38 AM
Cletus Van Damme says:
You eggheads are gonna rip open a black hole with that dang particle beam!
5/30/2014 12:22:50 PM
moosed the point says:
i haf ta say that movie there about the computer and video game with the motorcycle makes me think this cud be good eh? let me know when its open and ill come with my quarters
5/30/2014 2:29:43 PM
Tbaytech says:
What is a Cyclotron?

A modern cyclotron for radiation therapy
A cyclotron is a type of particle accelerator in which charged particles accelerate outwards from the center along a spiral path. The particles are held to a spiral trajectory by a static magnetic field and accelerated by a rapidly varying (radio frequency) electric field.

Cyclotrons can be used in particle therapy to treat cancer. Ion beams from cyclotrons can be used, as in proton therapy, to penetrate the body and kill tumors by radiation damage, while minimizing damage to healthy tissue along their path. Cyclotron beams can be used to bombard other atoms to produce short-lived positron-emitting isotopes suitable for PET imaging. More recently cyclotrons currently installed at hospitals for particle therapy have been retrofitted to enable them to produce technetium-99.[10] Technetium-99 is a diagnostic isotope in short supply due to difficulties at Canada's Chalk River facility.
5/30/2014 2:59:47 PM
ring of fire dude says:
This is great news ! Now we can isotopes to the Crocodile moat !
5/30/2014 3:16:47 PM
jimmyboy says:
who owns the building....??? does anyone out there know.
5/30/2014 7:04:48 PM
tiredofit says:
I believe Tom Jones does. They will be managing it as well.
5/31/2014 10:58:05 PM
northsup says:
Tom Jones I believe.
6/1/2014 8:17:09 AM
jimmyboy says:
now why would that makes no sense...the hospital-province should end up owning it in my opinion.
6/2/2014 5:06:59 PM
blah blah says:
people will only complain until they need treatment. then they wont give a hoot about taxpayers dollars.
5/30/2014 8:20:04 PM
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