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The IRAB is equipped with a Cyclone 18/9 cyclotron by Ion Beam Applications (IBA, Belgium), capable of accelerating protons and deuterons at 18 and 9 MeV, respectively.
It has eight irradiation ports, two of which are dedicated to the production of 18F. For this purpose, the cyclotron is equipped with a latest-generation dual proton source system and two Nirta Conical 8 targets, each one capable of producing 8 Ci of F18.
The conical design of these targets has been optimized and offers better chilling compared to previous cylindrical designs, thus making it possible to increase the current they receive and consequently production yield.