Novel 3D printing strategy set to revolutionize recyclable medical isotope

Written by Georgi Makin

PEEK used for the 3D printing of equipment for improving the process for the recycling of medical isotope, molybdenum-99.
CREDIT: Argonne National Laboratory

Scientists have utilized PEEK for the 3D printing of equipment for improving the process for the recycling of medical isotope, molybdenum-99. Molybdenum-99 is an important isotope in medicine, with applications in radiology from the detection of heart disease, done defects and some cancers. Using a novel 3D printing strategy, scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory (IL, USA) have found a cost-effective way for recycling the isotope. According to the team at Argonne, enriched molybdenum, from which Mo-99 can be derived, can cost up to US$1000 per gram. The team has been able to scale up the recycling of isotopically-enriched molybdenum,...

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