University of Sydney/ANSTO Node

Node Director:

  • Prof. Steven Meikle


Platform Technology Officer:

  • Dr Gary Perkins


Facility Fellow:

  • Dr Mitra Safavi-Naeini


Operational participants:


Scope and function:

  • The University of Sydney/ANSTO node is a shared facility that provides the research community with access to cyclotron based radioisotopes (18F and 11C) and radiochemistry/pre-clinical imaging technologies on a collaborative basis. The NCRIS-funded research cyclotron and associated radiochemistry hotcells are housed in the ANSTO Camperdown facility adjacent to the Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) and supported by the expertise of ANSTO cyclotron engineers and radiochemists. The pre-clinical imaging platform is located in the purpose built laboratories of the BMRI and jointly operated by ANSTO and BMRI teams with long standing expertise in molecular imaging. A Platform Technology Officer funded by NCRIS supports the research user community through assistance with project design, project management, staff/student training and, where appropriate, data analysis.


  • The cyclotron and radiochemistry facility includes an 18 MeV dedicated research cyclotron, several hotcells and radiochemistry synthesis untis (RSCU) for 18F and 11C automated radiosynthesis of biomarkers. The pre-clinical imaging platform includes PET, PET/CT and PET/SPECT/CT scanners, autoradiography, radiometabolite analysis and tissue counting facilities. The University of Sydney/ANSTO node makes 70% of the capacity of 4 hotcells and 2 RCSUs and 10% of the pre-clinical imaging capacity (all modalities) available to the national capability.  The BMRI has also committed 10% access to the 3T clinical research MRI system for imaging and spectroscopy.