US doctors report shortage of medical isotopes

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 20 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4612
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1Milan

    A shortage of medical radioactive isotopes is starting to affect the care of patients in the United States, experts say.

    “Although the public may not be fully aware, we are in the midst of a global shortage of medical and other isotopes,” said Robert Atcher, the director of the US National Isotope Development Center, at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston on Sunday.

    And he said that the shortage was already forcing some doctors in the US to reduce the number of imaging procedures that they order for patients.

    “Doctors have …

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