Friday, August 7, 2009

Isotope Shortage Delaying Quebec Cancer Tests For 'Weeks'

Lab technician Sacha Des Serres prepares a dose of medical isotopes at Lantheus Medical Imaging. A single dose is no more radioactive than a chest X-ray. Photograph by: John Mahoney, The Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

As Canada’s medical isotope shortage enters its fourth month, Quebec cancer patients in need of urgent diagnoses are waiting weeks for an exam, the province’s nuclear-medicine technologists warned Thursday.

“Cancer cases are prioritized but even those cases judged urgent have to wait for several weeks before exams are done,” said Dominique Verreault, president of the Alliance du personnel professionel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux.

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