Parliament's remarkable isotope fiasco

January 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/29/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 3, p277
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the government passage of emergency legislation to override the safety concerns of Canada's nuclear watchdog and reopen the nuclear reactor that produces isotopes for medical imaging. He assesses that hospitals have struggled to cope with isotope shortage and patient blacklogs. He states that the government lacks national backup plan to obtain isotopes in the event of shutdown or mishap at Chalk River, which supplies over one half of the world's technetium.


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