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Impact of isotope shortage minimal 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Isotopes are used for pills or injections to help illuminate parts of the human body for examination. (FOTOLIA)

Isotopes are used for pills or injections to help illuminate parts of the human body for examination. (FOTOLIA)

An isotope shortage won’t affect medical exams severely as feared and supply should return to normal by Wednesday.

Isotopes are used for pills or injections to help illuminate parts of the human body for examination.

The provincial Health Services Authority said Monday Canada’s primary producer for isotopes, Chalk River, Ont., suffered production problems.

Susan Larson, Medical Imaging Services operations director for the Lower Mainland, said a backlog only began Monday but wouldn’t reach the same levels experienced in previous years when the facility was down for months.

“I would anticipate that there are very few patients who had their exams rescheduled this morning,” she said. “There’s no comparison to the last time, it went on for months and months.”

Health Services said it would welcome a more stable supply of isotopes and added such solutions are being looked into.

 

 

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