President Barack Obama signed a bill allocating $20 million to jump-start the creation of a domestic supply of medical isotopes, which are used in imaging studies. The investment is aimed at easing a worldwide shortage of the chemical, which was brought on by shutdowns at several nuclear power plants (July 20, p. 14). Under the provision, which is contained in the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, $20 million in federal funds will be invested to create medical isotopes without the use of bomb-grade, highly enriched uranium. The legislation calls for converting U.S.-based research reactors to support production of the isotope molybdenum-99, whose decay product, technetium-99m, is used in imaging procedures.
Late News: Obama signs bill to boost isotope supply
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