In order to determine the potential of 177mLu/177Lu radionuclide generator in 177Lu production it is important to establish the technical needs that can lead to a clinically acceptable 177Lu product quality. In this work, a model that includes all the processes and the parameters affecting the performance of the 177mLu/177Lu radionuclide generator has been developed. The model has been based on the use of a ligand to complex 177mLu ions, followed by the separation of the freed 177Lu ions. The dissociation kinetics of the Lu-ligand complex has been found to be the most crucial aspect governing the specific activity and 177mLu content of the produced 177Lu. The dissociation rate constants lower than 1*10-11 s-1 would be required to lead to onsite 177Lu production with specific activity close to theoretical maximum of 4.1 TBq 177Lu/mg Lu and with 177mLu content of less than 0.01%. Lastly, the calculations suggest that more than one patient dose per week can be supplied for a period of up to 7 months on starting with the 177mLu produced using 3 g Lu2O3 target with 60% 176Lu enrichment. The requirements of the starting 177mLu activity production needs to be adapted depending on the required patient doses, and the technical specifications of the involved 177mLu-177Lu separation process.
- Lutetium-177 radionuclide generator radionuclide production