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High quality $$^{99m}$$Tc obtained from $$^{99}$$Mo produced by $$^{100}$$Mo(n,2n) using accelerator neutrons

Nagai, Yasuki; Kawabata, Masako; Sato, Nozomi*; Hashimoto, Kazuyuki; Saeki, Hideya; Motoishi, Shoji*; Hatsukawa, Yuichi; Ota, Akio; Shiina, Takayuki; Kawauchi, Yukimasa

$$^{99m}$$Tc, the daughter nuclide of $$^{99}$$Mo, is widely used for medical diagnosis. In Japan, about 0.9 million diagnostic procedures are carried out using $$^{99m}$$Tc. $$^{99}$$Mo has been mostly produced using $$^{235}$$U in research reactors. Because of recent shortages of $$^{99}$$Mo, a variety of alternative production methods of $$^{99}$$Mo or $$^{99m}$$Tc were proposed. We proposed to produce $$^{99}$$Mo by $$^{100}$$Mo(n,2n) using neutrons from an accelerator. The route is characterized to produce a large quantity of high-quality $$^{99}$$Mo with a minimum level of radioactive wastes, since the cross section of the $$^{100}$$Mo(n,2n)$$^{99}$$Mo reaction at 11 $$<$$ En $$<$$ 18 MeV is large, and the cross sections of the (n,He), (n,n'p), and (n,p) reactions on $$^{100}$$Mo are quite small. Intense neutrons are available because of recent progresses of accelerator and target technologies. In the talk, we show our recent experimental results to obtain $$^{99m}$$Tc with high-quality using $$^{99}$$Mo produced by $$^{100}$$Mo(n,2n).

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