Nuclear Medicine: shortage of Technetium-99m (Tc-99m)

Tc-99m is a radioisotope used in nuclear medicine for diagnosing many diseases. The majority of reactors producing mainly Mo-99 parent-isotope of Tc-99m, have been shut down for maintenance or due to technical problems. The two reactors that are still active are fully utilized. However, the amount of Tc-99m is not currently sufficient to meet all needs. Priorities have been defined.

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Last updated on 19/05/2010