A new source of Technetium-99m (Tc-99m) medical isotopes has been approved by the Health Ministry in Canada.
In a released statement, the ministry said that Lantheus Medical Imaging has been given the go ahead to use Molybdenum 99 (Moly-99) produced by the Open Pool Australian Light-water (OPAL) reactor to make Tc-99m for diagnostic imaging.
There has been a severe shortage of medical isotopes, which are very vital in medical imaging for diagnosing cancer, heart disease and other diseases.
"Health Canada has been working hard to secure alternative supplies of medical isotope Moly 99 since the Chalk River shutdown," Canada's Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said in a statement.
The situation came about after the Chalk River reactor in Ontario was found to be leaking hard water. The latter was producing almost a third of the world's medical isotopes.