Sunday, August 2, 2009

Isotope Shortage Has Delayed 27,000 Tests In Quebec

Medical isotope containers at City Hospital in Saskatoon. The Society of Nuclear Medicine says the shortage of medical isotopes has left doctors "scrambling" and patients with the prospect of more invasive and costly procedures. Photograph by: Greg Pender, Canwest New Service

From The Montreal Gazette:

MONTREAL ­ More than 27,000 Quebecers have faced delays in getting cancer and heart tests since the end of May because of the continuing shortage of medical isotopes.

“We are in a state of crisis,” François Lamoureux, president of the Association des médecins spécialistes en médecine nucléaire du Québec, told The Gazette Thursday.

“At least 40 per cent of isotope exams have been postponed.”

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