The report was a product of a congressionally mandated study that focused on 5 main objectives assessing: (1) the feasibility of procuring supplies of medical isotopes from commercial sources that do not use HEU; (2) current and projected demand and availability of medical isotopes in regular current domestic use; (3) progress being made by the Department of Energy (DOE) and others to eliminate all use of HEU in reactor fuel, reactor targets, and medical isotope production facilities; (4) potential cost differentials in medical isotope production in reactors and target processing facilities if the products were derived from production systems that do not involve fuels and targets with HEU; and (5) additional steps that could be taken by the DOE and medical isotope producers to improve the feasibility of such conversions.
NAS Reports on Non-HEU Medical Isotopes Anonymous The Journal of Nuclear Medicine; Mar 2009; 50, 3; Docstoc pg. 20N Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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