Saturday, June 13, 2009

Isotopes Testing Takes Hit In Quebec

The shutdown of Ontario's Chalk River reactor has created a shortage of medical isotopes. Photograph by: Ottawa Citizen, Canwest News Service

From The Montreal Gazette:

As many as 12,000 Quebecers have had their cancer and cardiac tests put off because of a shortage of medical isotopes, the province’s top nuclear medicine specialist said yesterday.

What’s more, scores of thyroid cancer patients have been deprived of radiotherapy involving isotopes that are no longer available.

“No one has died in Quebec because of this crisis, but if it continues, that could happen,” warned François Lamoureux, president of the Association de médecins spécialistes en médecine nucléaire.

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My Comment: My advice .... do not get sick.

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