November 27, 2018
The shortage of Mo-99 is now resolving: European generator production has returned to normal, the OPAL reactor in Australia is back in service, and ANSTO Health has resumed production of Mo-99.
The NTP facility in South Africa, which has experienced problems since late last year, has now been authorized to perform routine production runs at around 40% of its capacity. The facility will have I-131 available beginning in early December and on a regular basis thereafter. If this phase is successfully completed, production will increase in mid-January.
SNMMI MEMBERS: A final reminder to please post your experiences with shortages of Mo-99/Tc-99m generators and/or I-131 on SNMMI Connect. SNMMI is working actively with DOE to develop solutions to this long-standing problem, and your experiences provide the justification for these projects.