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Journal: Urania Jurnal Ilmiah Daur Bahan Bakar Nuklir (Vol.22, No. 2)

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Page : 121-132

Keywords : Molybdenum; technetium; radionuclide; separation; irradiation.;

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PRODUCTION OF ACTIVATED NEUTRON MOLYBDENUM-99 (99Mo) RADIONUCLIDE FROM NATURAL MOLYBDENUM TO OBTAIN TECHNETIUM-99m (99mTc). Uranium usage restriction causes the hospitals in indonesia difficult to obtain the suply of 99mTc. At Present, 99mTc is obtanied from molybdenum as a uranium fission product. Production of 99Mo radionuclide resulted from neutron activated natural molybdenum (MoO3) in G.A Siwabessy reactor could be used as a alternatif method for producing 99mTc. The aim of this research is synthesize of 99Mo radionuclide from neutron activated natural molybdenum (MoO3) to obtain 99mTc. The five grams of MoO3 powder was packed in a quartz ampule and inserted into inner capsule then also inserted into outer capsule as a target material. It was iradiated in G.A Siwabessy reactor for 100hours. Based on theoritical calculation, about 65 % of maximum 99Mo activity could be recovered. After Irradiation, MoO3 was dissolved by NaOH 4 M solution so it was natrium molybdate (Na2MoO4) solution. 99Mo and 99mTc radionuclide were analyzed using gamma spectrometer. 99Mo radionuclide was detected on Na2MoO4 solution as product that had specific activity of 0.81 Ci 99Mo/ g Mo. 99mTc as daughter radionuclide was separated from 99Mo as parent radionuclide using separated column containing zirconium based material (ZBM) as 99Mo adsobent. 99mTc radionuclide has been succesfully separated using ZBM column although recovery of 99mTc was quite low in which approximately 52 to 71 %. The 99mTc radionuclide was recovered in the form of sodium pertechnetate (NaTcO4) solution.

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