14 MeV neutrons for medical application: A scientific case for

M. Capogni, A. Pietropaolo, L. Quintieri, A. Fazio, M. Pillon, P. De Felice, A. Pizzuto

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Abstract

99Tcmis a widely used radionuclide for SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) diagnostics thanks to its short half-life (about 6h) and the low-energy gamma ray emission (140 keV) well suited for diagnostic devices. The specific method for producing99Tcmvia100Mo(n,2n)99Mo reaction, as it was investigated in ENEA, is discussed in detail in this paper. The99Mo activity achieved by means of 14 MeV neutron irradiation on natural Molybdenum sample irradiated at the Frascati Neutron Generator (FNG) facility, at the Research Centre of ENEA-Frascati, was accurately assessed, by tracing it to the activity standards provided by the Italian National Institute of Ionizing Radiation Metrology (INMRI), located at the Research Centre of ENEA-Casaccia. The whole experiment carried out in ENEA was supported by simulations performed with the Fluka Monte Carlo code, whose predictions have been benchmarked against the experimental data collected at ENEA-FNG, relying on the traceability to the activity standards developed and maintained at the ENEA-INMRI Radioactivity laboratories.
Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd Meeting of the International Collaboration on Advanced Neutron Sources, ICANS 2017 - Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jun 2018 → …

Conference

Conference22nd Meeting of the International Collaboration on Advanced Neutron Sources, ICANS 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityOxford
Period4/6/18 → …

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Capogni, M., Pietropaolo, A., Quintieri, L., Fazio, A., Pillon, M., De Felice, P., & Pizzuto, A. (2018). 14 MeV neutrons for medical application: A scientific case for. Paper presented at 22nd Meeting of the International Collaboration on Advanced Neutron Sources, ICANS 2017, Oxford, United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/1021/1/012038