Medical isotope supply shaky after Dutch reactor shutdown

September 2008
Medical Device Daily;9/17/2008, Vol. 12 Issue 199, p2
The article reports on the possible decrease in the supply of medical isotopes such as technetium-99, which are used to treat a range of cancers after the Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) in Petten, the Netherlands, shut down a reactor. NRG said it shut down a reactor to temporarily deal with the appearance of bubbles that defied explanation. According to Robert Atcher, president-elect of the Society for Nuclear Medicine, the shutdown at Petten, threatens the ability of countries across the globe to access and obtain radioactive isotopes.


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