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Isotope Shortage May Affect Scheduling

There is a worldwide shortage of Mo-99, a medical isotope used in many nuclear medicine studies.

"The Department of Imaging will continue to do our best to accommodate your patients with the highest level of quality," said Alan D. Waxman, M.D., chief of Nuclear Medicine at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center. "However, some adjustments to the schedule of certain nuclear medicine studies may have to be made. We will continue to keep you abreast of the situation."

Daniel S. Berman, M.D., chief of Cardiac Imaging at the Imaging Center, said in the area of Nuclear Cardiology, this shortage does not affect the ability to provide requested procedures.

"If you have ordered a ‘treadmill thallium’ – also known as a stress cardiolite, stress myoview, stress MIBI – we will be able to accommodate the request.
Alternatively, if the patient is undergoing adenosine stress, our preference is to perform a rubidium PET study which is available at all times."