SNM releases medical isotope communiqué

06/16/2009 | Diagnostic Imaging

SNM unveiled a six-point plan aimed at addressing the shortage of molybdenum-99 -- the source isotope for technetium-99m used in more than 60% of nuclear imaging tests. The plan calls for governments to establish new isotope-producing facilities and upgrade old ones and for broader support for the transition from the use of highly enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium in the production of Mo-99. It also seeks increased funding for initiatives geared toward isotope-supply stabilization.

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