PPPL researchers have developed a solution to chronic shortages of a radioactive element vital to medical exams. They have created a compact device that hospitals could install on their premises to produce the material called Technitium-99m (Tc-99m), the worldâ€™s most widely used medical isotope.
Primary Application Area: Medical Devices
Technology Development Status: Prototype
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Value Proposition: This technology addresses the issue of a worldwide shortage of medical isotope Mo-99/Tc-99m.There is currently no technology that can produce Mo-99/Tc-99m on demand and in situ. All current methods involve nuclear fission and the quick and expensive shipping of the isotope, Mo-99, which has a half-life of six hours. This new method employs nuclear fusion and does not require the use of uranium. Therefore, there is no danger of nuclear proliferation associated with the new method. This invention brings a medical diagnostic test to people in remote areas and third world countries who have never had access to the medical isotope, Mo-99.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
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Vetted Programs/Awards: Princeton University’s 2016 Innovation Forum-3rd Prize; 2016 NJ Edison Patent Award