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  • New Source of an Isotope in Medicine Is Found

    02/17/2010 7:29:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 424+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 17, 2010 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    WASHINGTON — Just as the worldwide shortage of a radioactive isotope used in millions of medical procedures is about to get worse, officials say a new source for the substance has emerged: a nuclear reactor in Poland. The isotope, technetium 99, is used to measure blood flow in the heart and to help diagnose bone and breast cancers. Almost two-thirds of the world’s supply comes from two reactors; one, in Ontario, has been shut for repairs for nine months and is not expected to reopen before April, and the other, in the Netherlands, will close for six months starting Friday....