Medical Cyclotron Facility Cyclone-30

Medical Cyclotron Facility Cyclone-30

Question- “Cyclotrons” are used –
(a)To produce radioisotopes.
(b)To produce cyclone.
(c)To produce tornedo.
(d)None of the above.
Answer- (a)
Related facts-

  • Cyclone-30, the biggest cyclotron in India for medical application became operational this month.
  • The cyclone-30 machine situated at Kolkata –based variable energy cyclotron centre under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).
  • The machine started working for the first time when a 30 MeV beam reached the faraday cup last week.
  • Beam from this facility was used to produce 18F (Fluorine-18 isotope) for the preparation of [18 FlFluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), a radio-pharmaceutical used by Board of Radiation & Isotope Technology (BRIT).
  • The addition of Cyclone-30 will increase the availability of radioisotopes and bring down the cost of treatment.


  • They are used to produce radioisotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic use for cancer care.
  • Radiations from these isotopes are used to destroy cancer cells.


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