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Nuclear medicine processing and distribution

Nuclear medicines are assembled, loaded and tested at ANSTO's nuclear medicine facility before being to distributed to hospitals all around Australia. 


Nuclear medicine products

If you’ve had a scan for heart disease or cancer, it’s likely you have benefited from the nuclear medicine manufacture and production here at ANSTO.


Tc-99m is the most important and commonly used nuclear medicine in the world today. Tc-99m is used to diagnose a variety of heart, lung, cancer and skeletal conditions.  


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A key role in Australia’s nuclear medicine production

Technetium-99m or Tc-99m is the most important and commonly used nuclear medicine in Australia and the world.

ANSTO's nuclear medicine processing and distribution facility supports the distribution of Tc-99m and numerous other health products across Australia. 


Step 1 - Building 80

Step 2 - ANM Building 

Step 3 - Building 23


A uranium alloy target is irradiated in the OPAL multipurpose reactor. Some of the uranium fissions into a range of isotopes, including Molybdenium-99 (Mo-99).

The manufacturing facility separates out the Mo-99. The bulk Mo-99 produced is suitable for export, but not for direct use in clinical settings.

The facility assembles, loads, tests and distributes 'finished' products including Mo-99. The Mo-99 is dispensed into an ANSTO radiopharmaceutical Gentech® Generator, where it decays to Tc-99m.
These are delivered to hospitals and nuclear medicine practices across Australia.

The journey of nuclear medicine

Take a behind the scenes look as nuclear medicine makes its way from the OPAL reactor to medical centres around Australia.

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If you would like to place a product order or have any further questions please contact the Health team.