Hospitals and clinics in the U.S. are preparing for a shortage and a price increase of medical isotopes after the Chalk River nuclear reactor in Ontario, Canada, was temporarily shut down for repair. The reactor is one of only five in the world that supply molybdenum-99 used in many diagnostic tests for cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. "About 8 million of our studies are imperiled because that reactor is offline," SNM President Robert Atcher said.

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