Options for UK Technetium-99m production using accelerators

H. L. Owen, J. Ballinger, J. Buscombe, R. Clarke, E. Denton, B. Ellis, G. Flux, L. Fraser, B. Neilly, A. Paterson, A. C. Perkins, A. Scarsbrook

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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 using 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 examining 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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIPAC 2014
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Particle Accelerator Conference
PublisherJoint Accelerator Conferences Website (JACoW)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783954501328
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event5th International Particle Accelerator Conference, IPAC 2014 - Dresden, Germany
Duration: 15 Jun 201420 Jun 2014


Conference5th International Particle Accelerator Conference, IPAC 2014


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