Click here to read an InsideWis column by Tom Still on this topic from May 16, 2024. 

UW Health plans to build a new cyclotron, which makes radioactive atoms used in scans to detect tumors and other ailments, to expand research and treatment of cancer and conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Construction of a $48.5 million cyclotron lab is expected to start next year between two research buildings next to UW Hospital, following approval by the UW Board of Regents in June.

The plan for the new cyclotron, a particle accelerator shielded by walls of lead and thick concrete, is part of the growing field of “theranostics,” which uses radioactive agents to diagnose and treat some cancers.

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