Feasibility of Eliminating the Use of Highly Enriched Uranium in the Production of Medical Radioisotopes

@article{vonHippel2006FeasibilityOE,
  title={Feasibility of Eliminating the Use of Highly Enriched Uranium in the Production of Medical Radioisotopes},
  author={Frank N. von Hippel and Laura H. Kahn},
  journal={Science \& Global Security},
  year={2006},
  volume={14},
  pages={151 - 162}
}
Significant quantities of highly enriched uranium (HEU)—more than enough to make a Hiroshima bomb—are used annually as neutron target material in Canadian, European, and South African reactors to produce the short-lived fission products used in nuclear medicine. The most important of these fission products is 99Mo, which decays into 99mTc, which is the most widely used medical radioisotope. The U.S. supplies weapon-grade uranium to the Canadian radioisotope producer and might in the future… Expand
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