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ANSTO has the luxury of its commercial follies being funded by the tax-payer

Steve Dale    Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia, 3 Aug 18  ‘ANSTO has ambitions to dominate the world’s market for medical isotopes’ – oh the luxury of having your follies funded by the taxpayer.

ANSTO’s messy, fragile isotope factory is for producing Moly99/Technetium99 – but Technetium for gamma imaging is slowly being replaced with positron emission tomography (PET) scans.

““Technetium is more or less like black and white TV,” Wilson said. “It’s low definition.”
By varying the target material used in the cyclotron, the technology can produce other medical isotopes like radioactive fluorides for PET, something traditional nuclear reactors cannot produce.”

ANSTO has built a messy, fragile, hyper-waste producing factory to make an isotope that will be as popular as betamax in 10 years. more

August 4, 2018 - Posted by | General News

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