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Title Options for UK Technetium-99M production using accelerators
Abstract Recent and ongoing shortages in reactor-based supplies of molybdenum-99 for hospital production of the important medical radioisotope Technetium-99m have prompted the re-examination of the alternative production methods us- ing conventional and laser-based particle accelerators. At present the UK has no domestic source of molybdenum- 99 and relies exclusively on overseas supply; the National Health Service, with professional partners, is therefore exam- ining the options for domestic production of molybdenum-99 and/or technetium-99m to increase security of supply. In this paper we review the accelerator-based methods from a UK perspective, and outline the most promising methods for short- and medium-term supply, which include low-energy cyclotron and photonuclear reaction routes using enriched Molybdenum-100 targets.
Organisation CI , STFC
Keywords CLF 2014-2015
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Paper In Conference Proceedings In 5th International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC14), Dresden, Germany, 15-20 Jun 2014, CI Preprints (2014). THOAB02.PDF 2014