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Status of $$^{99}$$Mo-$$^{99m}$$Tc production development by (n,$$gamma$$) reaction

Tsuchiya, Kunihiko ; Mutalib, A.*; Chakrov, P.*; Kaminaga, Masanori  ; Ishihara, Masahiro ; Kawamura, Hiroshi

As one of effective uses of the JMTR, JAEA has a plan to produce $$^{99}$$Mo by (n,$$gamma$$) method, a parent nuclide of $$^{99m}$$Tc. In case of Japan, the supplying of $$^{99}$$Mo depends only on imports from foreign countries, the R&D on production method of $$^{99}$$Mo-$$^{99m}$$Tc has been performed with foreign countries and Japanese industrial users under the cooperation programs. The main R&D items for the production are (1) Fabrication of irradiation target such as the sintered MoO$$_{3}$$ pellets, (2) Separation and concentration of $$^{99m}$$Tc by the solvent extraction from Mo solution, (3) Examination of $$^{99m}$$Tc solution for a medicine, and (4) Mo recycling from Mo generator and solution. Especially, it is important to establish the separation and extraction methods in the item (2) and the experiments and information exchanges in some methods have been carried out under the international cooperation. In this paper, the status of the R&D is introduced for the production of $$^{99}$$Mo-$$^{99m}$$Tc.

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