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Development of $$^{99}$$Mo-$$^{rm 99m}$$Tc domestic production with high-density MoO$$_{3}$$ pellets by (n,$$gamma$$) reaction

Tsuchiya, Kunihiko ; Tanase, Masakazu*; Takeuchi, Nobuhiro*; Kobayashi, Masaaki*; Hasegawa, Yoshio*; Yoshinaga, Hideo*; 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 $$^{rm 99m}$$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 -$$^{rm 99m}$$Tc has been performed with 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 $$^{rm 99m}$$Tc by the solvent extraction from Mo solution, (3) Examination of $$^{rm 99m}$$Tc solution for a medicine, and (4) Mo recycling from Mo generator and solution. In this paper, the status of the R&D is introduced for the production of $$^{99}$$Mo -$$^{rm 99m}$$Tc.

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