Their challenge

RUMC wanted to design a new pharmacy suite for packaging nuclear medicine. Nuclear medicine imaging uses small amounts of radioactive materials that are swallowed, inhaled, or injected into patients to let doctors see unique images of functions inside the body. Rush’s Nuclear Medicine division conducts around 7,000 nuclear medicine procedures a year. Due to the radioactive nature of these materials, they needed a place specifically designed for safe packaging.

Our solution

We helped remodel an existing 700-square-foot OT/PT space on the 14th floor of the East Tower into a pharmacy suite designed for packaging nuclear medicine. This new suite houses a workroom, ISO Class 7 anteroom, and ISO Class 7 clean room designed to meet USP 797 standards. The new clean room contains a recirculating laminar flow hood, and the room’s design includes all the necessary infrastructure to support a RIVA machine installation planned for the future.