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Medical Radioisotopes still Produced but Facing Distribution Challenges Globally

Thursday 23, Apr 2020

Medical Radioisotopes still Produced but Facing Distribution Challenges Globally, Data Collected by IAEA Shows.

The production of radioisotopes used in medicine has continued during the COVID-19 pandemic, but hospitals could face shortages due to bottlenecks in transport and distribution. This is the picture emerging from a survey conducted by the IAEA among research reactors that produce radioisotopes for radiopharmaceuticals – medicines containing small amounts of radioactive isotopes used for the diagnosis and management of some cancers and chronic diseases.

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