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Croft develops packaging for medical radioactive waste

UK-based container manufacturer Croft Associates has developed a new Safkeg-LS packaging for safe transportation and storage of radioactive waste.

The Safkeg-LS Model 3979A, developed for the University of Missouri, will be used by scientists to ship radioisotopes produced by its research reactor. The radioisotopes are used in medical applications including diagnostic kits and cancer-fighting radio-pharmaceuticals.

Missouri University Michael Flagg said the Safkeg-LS will be used to transport bulk amounts of a variety of radioactive materials used to formulate radiopharmaceuticals for cancer therapies.

The Safkeg-LS package consists of a stainless steel outer keg with a flange type lid fastened by bolts. The containment vessel lid inside the keg is fitted with a test port for carrying out pre-shipment leakage tests.

The radioactive material can be carried in a variety of containers depending on the University’s requirements, including aluminium capsules, glass bottles or quartz vials.

Croft Managing Director Bob Vaughan said the package is highly suitable to transport a range of radioactive materials, including research samples, bulk isotopes and medical products.