What is the nuclear medicine facility? 

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Australia is set to become a very important player in health care internationally as a major supplier of the most commonly used nuclear medicine, Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99).

 
ANSTO has long supplied the needs of Australians with Mo-99, but the global supply has come under threat in recent years because of the closure of ageing research reactors worldwide.

Since our OPAL reactor is one of the newest and most reliable research reactors of its type in the world, Australia is stepping up to fill the gap. 
 
The construction of the new facility through the ANSTO Nuclear Medicine Project is set to supply a very significant proportion of this growing world market for nuclear medicine and place Australia in a position of global leadership.
 
Molybdenum-99
 
Mo-99 is the radioisotope used by millions of people around the world in nuclear medicine procedures for the diagnosis of heart disease and other diseases. Mo-99 gives off very small amounts of radiation that is picked up by gamma cameras, providing vital information for doctors seeking to understand how the body parts of patients are functioning.
 

 For all enquiries about the ANM Project please email anm@ansto.gov.au