Not any more

Chalk River reactor to resume isotope production

In Canada on August 12, 2010 at 20:32
A nuclear medicine technologist assists a patient in Toronto in May. Isotopes used in medical imaging have been in short supply while the Chalk River nuclear facility idles.A nuclear medicine technologist assists a patient in Toronto in May. Isotopes used in medical imaging have been in short supply while the Chalk River nuclear facility idles. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

The troubled Chalk River nuclear reactor is poised to resume isotope production after a 15-month hiatus.

Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. says it expects to have the Ontario reactor back up and running this month.

The 53-year-old National Research Universal reactor supplied a third of the world’s isotopes used in medical imaging until AECL shut it down in May 2009.

The shutdown came after scientists found a pinhole-size radioactive water leak.

What was originally supposed to be a month-long shutdown has dragged on for more than a year.

Doctors have been scrambling to make do with an erratic supply of medical isotopes to diagnose cancer and heart ailments.

© The Canadian Press, 2010
The Canadian Press

via cbc.ca

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