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February 21st, 2012

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03:21 pm - I love living in the future.
Vancouver scientist discovers way to crack Molybdenum-100 into Technetium-99 in a standard hospital cyclotron - which is to say, he's found a way to replace Chalk River in the medical isotopes business.

Which is important, because Chalk River is already running on borrowed time.

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Date:February 21st, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
Necessity is the mother of invention. Interesting that Canadian hospitals seem to favour the larger cyclotrons; I guess it's just an effect of greater urbanization.
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Date:February 22nd, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
While I'm in favor of multiple redundancy (and thus decentralization) when it comes to medical facilities, cyclotrons are one of those things where I'll compromise my principles.

I have no idea if they're more efficient, or if the personnel to operate them are difficult to come by and thus we just can't operate lots of little ones - but I do like that smaller numbers of bigger ones makes it less likely someone does something stupid - like forget the radioactive material in a decommissioned hospital (see the Goiânia accident for where I get this particular horror). That specific accident probably won't happen again any time soon, but it's still a general case of "more kicking around, more exposure to idiots to do stupid things".
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