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RIKEN Uses Helium in Astatine-211 Production

RIKEN, a Japanese scientific research foundation, is using helium-4 beams in the innovative production of the radioisotope astatine-211, crucial for cancer treatment. Helium beams are directed at a bismuth target to synthesise astatine-211, leveraging the unique properties of helium to facilitate this reaction efficiently. This process is part of RIKEN's dual-purpose strategy, which merges fundamental nuclear physics research with practical medical applications, thereby expanding the scope and efficiency of astatine-211 production. Scientific research is a continuous demand driver for helium.

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