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2010-09-09 01:00:20

Twenty million medical scans and treatments are done each year that require radioactive isotopes, and scientists today described a global shortage of these life-saving materials that could jeopardize patient care and drive-up health care costs. They spoke at a symposium at one of the opening sessions of the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Medical isotopes are minute amounts of radioactive substances used to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases. Isotopes injected...

2010-08-24 08:01:18

Scientists fear that a global shortage of radioactive isotopes, required for the 20 million medical scans and treatments done each year, could jeopardize patient care and drive up health care costs. Medical isotopes are used to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases. Isotopes injected into the body can enable doctors to determine whether the heart has adequate blood flow or whether cancer has spread to a patient's bones. Isotopes help diagnose gallbladder, kidney, and brain disorders. When...

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...

2010-07-08 07:00:00

OTTAWA, July 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - MDS Nordion, a leading provider of products and services to the global health science market, today announced it has signed a new contract with its primary customer, Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. for the supply of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). Mo-99, and, more specifically the derivative medial isotope Technetium-99m, is utilized in approximately 80 percent of nuclear medical procedures worldwide. These noninvasive procedures are essential for accurately...

2010-06-08 11:15:30

New method of medical isotope production could provide relief to current and future medical isotope crises The most widely used medical radioisotope, Technetium-99m (Tc-99m), is essential for an estimated 70,000 medical imaging procedures that take place daily around the world. Aging reactors, production intermittencies and threats of permanent reactor closures have researchers striving to develop alternative methods of supply. In a comparative study presented at SNM's 57th Annual Meeting,...

2010-06-08 11:02:27

Study reveals that clinicians can detect a broad range of post renal-transplant complications using a state-of-the-art molecular imaging technology For more than 15,000 Americans each year, a kidney transplant can mean a new lease on life without dialysis, but complications following surgery are not uncommon. A recent study presented at SNM's 57th Annual Meeting suggests that the use of both physiological and structural images acquired from single photon emission computed tomography and X-ray...

2010-03-26 18:24:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- MedSolutions (www.medsolutions.com), a leading provider of medical management services, has provided an advisory for payors and providers on options regarding the shortage of Technetium-99m (Tc-99m), a radioactive tracer isotope that is widely-used in nuclear medicine studies. Severe shortages are anticipated through April 10, 2010, due to the shutdown of two or more of the five reactors in the world that produce the precursor of Tc-99m. One of...

2010-02-17 01:30:00

WARSAW, Poland, February 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - Addition of Polish Research Reactor Helps With Worldwide Supply Shortage Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, and the Institute of Atomic Energy in Poland (IAE POLATOM) today announced an agreement to augment and further diversify Covidien's supply of Molybdenum 99 (Mo 99) to produce the medical isotope Technetium 99m (Tc 99m). Tc 99m is a vital medical isotope used in over 80...

2009-11-06 13:16:34

American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2009 will ensure reliable medical isotope supply SNM applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for its passage of H.R. 3276"”the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2009. "The worldwide isotope shortage has long been adversely affecting patients in the U.S.," said Michael M. Graham, Ph.D., M.D., president of SNM. "This important legislation will bring us one step closer to solving this chronic problem." The American Medical Isotopes...

2009-09-09 09:42:51

SNM survey of nuclear pharmacies finds patient rescheduling, delayed tests SNM recently conducted a survey of nuclear pharmacies"”pharmacies that supply the critical radioisotope Technetium-99m, which is used in more than 16 million nuclear medicine tests each year in the United States"”to assess, anecdotally, the impact of the worldwide medical isotope shortage. According to the survey, 60 percent of radiopharmacies have been impacted by the most recent shortage. Technetium-99m...


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