For security reasons, few people have had the chance to see the OPAL reactor up close, ANSTO noted. But thanks to virtual reality technology, anyone can now take a "deep dive" into Australia's only nuclear reactor.
Participants in the virtual reality tour can take one of three journeys of a neutron, the subatomic particle at the core of the OPAL reactor, which splits uranium atoms to generate trillions of neutrons a second for a variety of uses.
One of these uses is for nuclear medicine, and the OPAL reactor is a key linchpin in the global supply network for radioisotopes such as molybdenum-99, the precursor to technetium-99m, which is widely used in nuclear cardiology procedures. ANSTO is resuming shipments of technetium-99m generators after a shutdown of several weeks that occurred when a conveyor belt at a facility next to the reactor malfunctioned.
To take the virtual reality tour, download an app for either iOS or Android smartphones.
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