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Technical Meeting on Global Capabilities for the Production and Manufacture of Non-High Enriched Uranium Molybdenum-99 Targets

26 – 27 May 2020
Vienna, Austria
Event code: EVT1803996

Technetium-99m (99mTc), the daughter product of molybdenum-99 (99Mo), is the most commonly utilized medical radioisotope in the world – it is used for over 30 million medical diagnostic procedures annually and comprises some 80 percent of all diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures. Following significant shortages of this medical isotope, the international community has determined that to ensure long-term security of supply, the industry must transition to full-cost recovery and move to non-HEU-based production, through conversion to low enriched uranium (LEU) targets and the use of new alternative technologies. 

As part of the IAEA's continuing involvement to address security of supply as well as minimizing the use of HEU in Mo-99 production, IAEA is organizing this Technical Meeting on Global Capabilities for the Production and Manufacture of Non-High Enriched Uranium Molybdenum-99 Targets at its Headquarters in Vienna from 26 to 27 May 2020.

The overall objective of the meeting is to provide a forum to discuss the current and upcoming techniques and capabilities for the manufacture of targets used in the production of 99Mo. The following topics will be addressed and discussed during the meeting:

  • Status of existing capabilities for the manufacture of targets for 99Mo production;
  • Status of upcoming capabilities and/or ongoing technical R&D activities for the manufacture of targets for 99Mo production;
  • Status of high-assay low enriched uranium supply;
  • Recommendations for future meetings.

 

Grants

A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants provided that, in the IAEA’s view, the participant will make an important contribution to the event, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee.

Deadline for submitting applications: 27 March 2020

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