Using the 100Mo photoneutron reaction to meet Canada's requirement for 99mTC

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TypeArticle
Journal titlePhysics in Canada
La Physique au Canada
ISSN0031-9147
Volume66
Issue1
Pages1924; # of pages: 6
AbstractDrawing on work carried out at the Idaho National Laboratory in the 1990s, we show that a single national facility operating two 35 MeV, 100 kW electron accelerators to produce 99Mo using the 100Mo photoneutron reaction could supply all of Canada’s requirements for 99mTc. Suitable industrialgrade accelerators are available from Mevex Corporation, and NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes has developed a 99mTc separator for low-specific activity material. An economic analysis indicates that the production cost of 99mTc would be less than the present market price. Using the NRC 35 MeV linac, we have tested all the steps in the process. Attractive features of the (γ, n) approach include: no use of uranium of any kind; simple chemistry for target dissolution; no significant radioactive waste; less than 24 hours between end-of-bombardment and the shipping of 99Mo solution to nuclear pharmacies; and no significant change to the operation of nuclear medicine departments and pharmacies.
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Linkhttp://www.cap.ca/sites/cap.ca/files/article/1278/Jan10-Offprint-Ross.pdf
LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; Measurement Science and Standards; National Research Council - EXEC
Peer reviewedYes
NPARC number21275146
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