SNM stresses need for domestic production of medical isotopes

09/19/2010 | AuntMinnie.com (free registration)

The supply of the medical isotope molybdenum-99 is starting to stabilize in North America with the restoration of two nuclear reactors, but there is a need to put more focus on the long-term supply of isotopes, according to SNM. Michael Graham, the organization's past president, emphasized the need to have the capacity for domestic isotope production and to lessen dependence on foreign reactors. Graham expects that the earliest that the Congress could act on the American Medical Isotopes Production Act, which would promote local isotope production, would be next year.

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