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National Nuclear Science Week Day 3: NNSA Showcases Nuclear Medicine

January 26, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration
(NNSA) is committed to promoting excellence in nuclear science and
attracting the next generation of nuclear security experts to the field.
As part of that effort, NNSA is celebrating National Nuclear Science
Week with five days of features on the NNSA website that showcase the
innovations and opportunities in nuclear science.

On day three of
Nuclear Science Week, NNSA is highlighting the ways NNSA and the sites
across the national security enterprise are supporting efforts to
promote nuclear medicine. From developing methods of producing medical
isotopes that do not require the use of highly enriched uranium to
developing better cancer screening tools, the technologies developed by
NNSA are expanding the frontiers of science and medicine. Today’s
feature includes a video from Y-12 National Security Complex about how
Y-12 pioneered nuclear medicine (see first video below). Another video
features a compact, high-resolution gamma camera currently used for
prostate cancer detection but with applications for other cancer
diagnostics (see second video below).

“The investments NNSA makes
in nuclear security have broader benefits that impact the country,”
said NNSA’s Chief Scientist Dimitri Kusnezov. “The cutting edge research
and development being done by the men and women across our national
security enterprise is pushing the frontiers of science and discovery,
fostering innovation, and bringing life saving technologies to market.”

/>NNSA
has leveraged more than sixty years of nuclear science expertise to
tackle some of the most pressing national security challenges. NNSA’s
investment in nuclear security provides the tools to tack a broad range
of other challenges. For example, the supercomputers developed by NNSA
and the national laboratories to support our stockpile stewardship
program have made significant strides in the fight to find answers to
the challenges posed by cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Research
and development grants supported by our nonproliferation program have
led to the development of an award winning cancer screening devices.

/>For more information on the ways NNSA is contributing to nuclear medicine, see

today’s Nuclear Science Week feature at

href="http://www.nnsa.energy.gov/NuclearScienceWeek2011"

target="_blank">http://www.nnsa.energy.gov/NuclearScienceWeek2011.

To

see Day Two's Nuclear Science Week press release, click

href="https://nnsa.energy.gov/mediaroom/pressreleases/nukesciwkday2"

target="_blank">here.

To see Day One's Nuclear Science Week press

release, click

href="http://www.nnsa.energy.gov/mediaroom/pressreleases/natlnuclearsciweek12411

" target="_blank">here.



Video from Y-12 National Security Complex
about how Y-12 pioneered nuclear medicine:











Video featuring a high-resolution gamma camera currently
used for prostate cancer detection:

 

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/>Established
by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S.
Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through
the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national
security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security,
reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile
without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass
destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear
propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the
U.S. and abroad.