MDS Nordion, TRIUMF team up for study of alternative isotope source

04/28/2009 | AuntMinnie.com (free registration)

MDS Nordion and Canada's particle and nuclear physics laboratory TRIUMF have teamed up to develop a more reliable source of molybdenum-99 used in many diagnostic medical imaging procedures. They plan to study the feasibility of producing the isotopes using photo fission, which requires a linear accelerator that uses naturally occurring uranium instead of a nuclear reactor that uses highly enriched uranium.

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