[ RadSafe ] Isotope shortage affects patients

Peter Fear FEARP at upstate.edu
Thu Dec 6 08:00:35 CST 2007

Actually it has nothing to do with the Canadian health system. There is only
one producer of Mo99 - the precursor of Tc99m - in the entire western
hemisphere. We normally have 15-20 doses waiting every morning when we get
to work and more before 9 am - today we have had none! MDS Nordian announced
yesterday that the reactor would probably be done until the middle of


Peter Fear
Health Physics Technologist
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Radiation Safety Office
636 UH
750 E. Adams St.
Syracuse, NY 13210

Phone: (315)464-6510
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fearp at upstate.edu

>>> "Brunkow, Ward" <ward.brunkow at wipp.ws> 12/06/07 8:46 AM >>>
This is predictable. It goes with the Canadian health system. It appears
that Chalk River is one of the few places producing Tc99m up there. I
requested Tc99 the last time I had cardiac analysis from my Dr.  as I work
in a nuclear facility and didn't' want to be radioactive for 3 weeks walking
in the place. I threw my Dr. for a loop, he thought I was an oncologist or
something, but it was  not hard to get. It appears the Canadian govt. has
compromised the medical radionuclide production process just as they have
the socialized health care system. But Tec is a very short T1/2 and any
interruptions in a place like CR would definitely stop the availability of
it. They just need many other facilities that can produce it, like we do in
the U.S.   If there is a demand, as in any free market or private system,
why not be producing plenty of it...but again their govt. is running their
health care system...there you go. 


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