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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory invented the portable blood irradiator, the first fully portable device for continuous irradiation of blood. The irradiator was used on goats in skin-graft tests.

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Document Title: Historical: Blood Irradiator
Category: Health-Related Research and Technologies, History
Media Type: Photos
Date of Image/Photo: 1975
Background: Development of a fully portable blood irradiator began at Pacific Northwest in the early 1970s, when there were no mechanisms to treat blood diseases and help suppress rejection of transplanted organs or tissues. With continued work, this technology could offer hope to leukemia and transplant patients. This technology received an R&D 100 award in 1982 and a Federal Laboratory Consortium award in 1992.
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