Conference Proceedings Paper
PRODUCING 99MO WITHOUT USING FISSION
36th Annual CNS Conference - 2016 June 19-22
M.S. De Jong (Canadian Isotope Innovations Corp.)
In recent years, the unplanned shut-downs of NRU and HFR resulted in world-wide shortages of 99Mo, the parent of 99mTc that is a key isotope for medical diagnostics, and highlighted the fragile nature and economics of the current supply chain. This situation led Natural Resources Canada to fund the development of new methods of 99Mo/ 99mTc production that could eventually lead to a more robust supply.
One method, photo-neutron production on 100Mo using high-power electron linear accelerators, was developed at the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon and is now being commercialized by Canadian Isotope Innovations Corp. This approach does not use uranium or fission in any part of the process and results in a very low amount of radioactive waste. This talk will give the background of the approach and outline the advantages and challenges of introducing a new paradigm for 99Mo production.
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