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2012-06-11 18:26:49

A University of Alberta team has made an important breakthrough in the race to find a viable replacement for supply of technetium-99m, an important isotope produced by Canada's Chalk River reactor. Their research has proven that this important medical isotope, used in nuclear medicine imaging for about 250,000 Alberta patients each year, can be created in a device known as a cyclotron–and is as safe to use and provides as reliable an image as reactor-based isotopes. Their results are...

2010-07-08 14:47:54

Long-term solution still needed to remedy isotope shortage plaguing hospitals and patients SNM is optimistic that the anticipated recommencement of the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL)-run National Research Universal (NRU) reactor in Chalk River, Canada, will provide short-term relief to the isotope shortage that has been plaguing patients and the nuclear medicine community for more than one year. However, SNM cautions that the restart of this reactor will not solve the ongoing...

2009-08-09 15:46:41

A University of Iowa official says the current limited supply of radioisotopes used in medical scans could put some patients' lives in danger. Dr. Michael Graham, a university official and president of SNM, formerly known as the Society of Nuclear Medicine, said some medical patients could be facing risky surgeries that could be avoided through medical scans utilizing the isotopes, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. It's possible that some deaths could occur, Graham said. The...

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2009-06-18 15:57:22

The Canadian government stood by its recent decision to abandon the Maple isotope reactor project, but made very clear that they hope to have the project picked up by private groups to take over the latent nuclear program. The chief executive of MDS Inc-- the Canada based international health and science company that provides products and services for the development of drugs and the management of disease-- reflected on comments made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Canada would...

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2009-06-13 08:20:00

A scarcity of medical isotopes has forced physicians at scores of U.S. and Canadian hospitals to begin curbing the number of a variety of standard diagnostic tests they prescribe.  Hospital officials say they see no quick-fix in the immediate future. In May, Canadian health officials were forced to close down a nuclear reactor in eastern Ontario that provides roughly a third of the world's supply of medical isotopes that are used in a variety of now commonplace medical screenings to...

2008-07-28 15:01:01

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 28, 2008) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, today welcomed the report of an ad hoc advisory group of health specialists that has been looking at ways to minimize potential future disruptions of medical imaging services related to the isotope supply. The group of health specialists, including experts from the field of nuclear medicine, was convened by Health Canada in December 2007 during the prolonged shutdown of the National Research...


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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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