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National Research Cyclotron Facility

National Research Cyclotron

The National Research Cyclotron Facility is a significant part of Australia’s significant National research infrastructure. It is part of a network of cyclotrons around Australia that produce radioisotopes used in combination with nuclear diagnostic imaging. The ANSTO facility at Camperdown produces radioisotopes exclusively for research purposes. The cyclotron is a node of Australia’s National Imaging Facility.

ANSTO operates an 18MeV cyclotron jointly with the University of Sydney as part of the National Imaging Framework. It is situated in close proximity Brain and Mind Institute and Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The facility  is accessible to scientists and researchers across Australia.


Through its connection with the Brain and Mind Centre and National Imaging Facility, Australia's most advanced radio-labelling and preclinical imaging facility, researchers use the radioisotopes produced in the cyclotron with PET and SPECT imaging for pre-clinical studies to investigate molecules that have a role in n neurological disorders and many other diseases.

Cyclotron PET scan mouse