The United States needs a program to ensure supplies of radioisotopes for medical research, diagnosis and therapy.
Domestic sources of radioisotopes are needed to adequately sustain the growing needs of our medical and healthcare communities.
One out of three patients admitted to hospitals undergo at least one medical procedure that uses radioisotopes, amounting to more than 15 million diagnostic tests and several hundred thousand therapeutic treatments conducted each year.
Promising research, in areas such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis, has been delayed or abandoned because certain radioisotopes have been unavailable.
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Last updated July 10, 2012, 10:50am CDT.