One of the most important radioisotopes produced at our site is Molybdenum-99, the "parent" isotope of metastable Technetium-99. In combination with a specific molecule, this isotope can reach a target organ, which can then be visualised by a detection system enabling reliable diagnosis by specialised doctors.Metastable Technetium-99
Nearly 80% of nuclear medicine diagnostics use metastable Technetium-99. Metastable Technetium-99 is used in many tests (also called "scans") to visualize the metabolism of different organs such as the heart, bones, lungs, thyroid, brain, kidneys, gastrointestinal system, etc.
This enables specialised doctors to make an adequate diagnosis in many pathologies such as cancer, heart attacks, infections and inflammations, respiratory disorders, degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, and endocrine gland dysfunctions. In the case of cancer, the purpose of this picture of metabolic activity is essentially to determine the extent of the disease.