Patients, doctors and companies relying on medical isotopes are concerned that the upcoming six-month shutdown of the Dutch nuclear reactor starting in February will cause a significant isotope shortage that will lead to health problems, as it will overlap with the ongoing repairs at the Canadian reactor. Isotope distributors and providers such as Covidien, Cardinal Health and Lantheus Medical Imaging said the advance warning on the shutdown helped them take measures, such as preparing alternative isotopes, to ensure isotope supply, but shortages likely will occur.

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