Cyclotron & PET Radiochemistry


The Nordal Cyclotron & PET Radiochemistry Facility is used to produce positron-emitting radiopharmaceuticals (PERs). PERs are injected into patients undergoing a positron emission tomography (PET) scan. The half-life of the radioactive isotopes in PERs is short, which necessitates generating them with a cyclotron that is in close proximity to the clinic where they are used.


Lawson Health Research Institute’s (Lawson) Nordal Cyclotron & PET Radiochemistry facility produces short-lived PERs for the St. Joseph’s Health Care London PET scanners, and will eventually be the centre of a regional distribution network for PERs.

In combination with PET/CT, PET/MRI and preclinical PET imaging scanners, the facility is available to support a wide variety of city-wide research projects including PET imaging applied to oncology, cardiology, neurology, psychology, bioelectromagnetics and other areas.

Equipment Capabilities

  • GE PETtrace 880 cyclotron
  • Comecer hotcells (7) with 11 chambers
  • GE Fastlab synthesizer (2)
  • GE Tracer labs (3)
  • TRIUMF high power solid target station
  • Ga-68 Generator and Modular Lab system
  • Class 10,000 clean room
  • QC lab with GMP testing equipment
  • Production lab
  • Research labs (2)
  • Space for expansion 

Currently Seeking

  • Contract Research
  • Long Term Partnership with Industry
  • Clinical Trials
  • Radiopharmaceutical Production

Future Directions

  • Develop new probes for PET or SPECT imaging of biomarkers, focusing on cancer, diabetes, heart disease and mental illnesses.
  • Synthesize Positron Emitting Radiopharmaceuticals (PERs), optimize their chemistry, and prepare them to GMP specifications for use in humans.
  • Validate probes via in vitro experiments and Lawson’s small animal microPET and microSPECT scanners. 
  • Verify with large animal imaging on a clinical PET/CT, SPECT/CT or PET/MRI scanner.
  • Conduct clinical trials to help translate into clinical practice.


  • St. Joseph’s Health Care London
  • Western University
  • Canada Foundation of Innovation
  • Ontario Research Fund

Cyclotron & PET Radiochemistry Facility Public Disclosure

The Lawson Cyclotron & PET Radiochemistry Facility operates under an operating license issued by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Ongoing communication with our community is a key part of our operation. The facility uses a public disclosure protocol to relate information to the public on the issues relevant to licensed activities in the facility, including health and safety, security, and operational updates.

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Dr. Michael Kovacs
Director, Nordal Cyclotron & PET Radiochemistry Facility

Phone: 519-646-6100 ext. 61096
Email: Contact form
Fax: 519-646-6012