[ RadSafe ] Isotope shortage affects patients

John R Johnson idias at interchange.ubc.ca
Thu Dec 6 08:58:50 CST 2007


I agree that it has nothing to do with the Canadian health system and very 
little to do with AECL. The problem is with the isotope production 
companies. Why is there only one reactor that produces Mo-99?

>From a Canadian who worked in health physics at CRNL (now CRL) for 15 years.

John R Johnson, PhD
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Fear" <FEARP at upstate.edu>
To: <joseroze at netvision.net.il>; <radsafe at radlab.nl>; <ward.brunkow at wipp.ws>
Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2007 6:00 AM
Subject: RE: [ RadSafe ] Isotope shortage affects patients

> 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
> January.
> Pete
> 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
> FAX:     (315)464-5095
> 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.
> W.G.(Ward)Brunkow
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