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Conceptual design of direct $$^{rm 99m}$$Tc production facility at the high temperature engineering test reactor

Ho, H. Q.; Ishida, Hiroki*; Hamamoto, Shimpei; Ishii, Toshiaki; Fujimoto, Nozomu*; Takaki, Naoyuki*; Ishitsuka, Etsuo  

This study proposed a conceptual design of direct $$^{rm 99m}$$Tc production facility from a natural MoO$$_{3}$$ target at the high temperature engineering test reactor (HTTR). $$^{rm 99m}$$Tc is produced by a beta decay of $$^{99}$$Mo, which is formed via the $$^{98}$$Mo(n,$$gamma$$)$$^{99}$$Mo reaction. $$^{rm 99m}$$Tc is then extracted from the MoO$$_{3}$$ target by sublimation method to take advantage of the high temperature of the HTTR core. The foremost advantage of this concept is that the MoO$$_{3}$$ target is heated up inside the reactor without pulling out for external electric heating, and as a result, $$^{rm 99m}$$Tc could be extracted directly during irradiation. With 1 kg of MoO$$_{3}$$ target, the HTTR could produce about 6.8$$times$$10$$^{8}$$ MBq of $$^{rm 99m}$$Tc activity in comparison with 3.0$$times$$10$$^{8}$$ MBq of total $$^{rm 99m}$$Tc supplied in Japan in 2017.

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