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Rad Therapy Irregularities at Philly VA
The New York Times recently reported that prostate brachytherapy at the VA hospital in Philadelphia was performed incorrectly on several occasions.
CT Scan Gives Mummy a Sex Change
A 2,000-year-old mummy, once thought to be a woman, was determined by scientists to be a man after a CT exam. Check it out on National Geographic‘s Web site.
“I’m not easily shaken. But this is a very anxiety-provoking story.”
— Leon S. Malmud, MD, chairman of a nuclear commission advisory committee, as quoted in a New York Times article about prostate brachytherapy irregularities at the Philadelphia VA hospital
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This month’s E-News Exclusive matters because the subject kills two birds with one radioactive stone. The FDA approving a new source of technetium-99m from low-enriched uranium offers help for the radioisotope shortage plaguing nuclear medicine and reduces the risk of highly enriched uranium falling into the wrong hands. Added value is an especially good thing these days. While this news helps here and now, check out the long-term concerns surrounding the medical isotope supply, as reported in Radiology Today.
FDA Approves Low-Enriched Uranium Mo-99 Source
The first source of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) from low-enriched uranium has been approved for use in the United States and Canada. Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc recently announced that the FDA and Health Canada have approved the company’s supplemental New Drug Application for FDA and Supplemental New Drug Submission for Health Canada to qualify the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) as a valid supplier for Mo-99 made from low-enriched uranium.
Mo-99 is the parent isotope of technetium-99m (Tc-99m), the medical isotope used in approximately 80% of all nuclear medicine procedures. Mo-99 is produced by the irradiation of uranium “targets” in a reactor. There are only few major worldwide suppliers of Mo-99, and most use highly enriched uranium targets. A primary objective of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative is to minimize proliferation risks by phasing out the use of highly enriched uranium in civil commerce. ANSTO is the only global commercial supplier that currently produces Mo-99 using low-enriched uranium targets.
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