Charles Gentile, an engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and fellow inventors George Ascione and Adam Cohen won third prize for their invention of an on-demand method to create a badly needed isotope used routinely in medical imaging for diagnosis.
The invention could help solve a worldwide shortage of a radioactive element that is crucial in medical scanning devices used to diagnose diseases such as heart disease and breast cancer. And it does so without the use of uranium. The refrigerator-sized device can produce Technetium-99m (Tc-99m), the substance used in most medical diagnostic procedures, in a hospital or doctor’s office. Read more.