SA plant leak causes global shortage affecting nuclear medicine procedures

2013-11-16 17:14

A leak at a South African Nuclear Energy Corporation plant this month has caused a global shortfall in the supply of isotopes used in millions of medical procedures every year, including treatment and diagnosis of cancer.

The isotopes are used to provide diagnostic information about the organs or to treat conditions such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, thyroid and liver cancer, according to the World Nuclear Association.

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