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Caption: Technician placing a sample of molybdenum-99 into a lead-lined storage vessel for delivery to a medical facility. Molybdenum-99 is a radioisotope produced by bombarding enriched uranium-235 with neutrons in a nuclear reactor. It is necessary in the diagnostic imaging, as it has a half life of 66 hours for its decay to technetium-99m. The relatively long half life allows it to be transported to hospitals, where the Tc-99m is extracted and used in gamma scans of the body. Tc-99m has a half life of just six hours, making off-site production impractical.

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