Today: 12.Jun.2021

National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Medical Isotope Production Without Highly Enriched Uranium: Advanced nuclear reactors have been used successfully to produce vital radioisotopes for nuclear medicine. Certain physicists in the United States have worked since the 1970s to stop use of these reactors. This report was produced with the encouragement of scientists who are determined to deprive the United States of incredible amounts of energy. Russia and China ignore these decisions and rightfully so. They are determined to have modern economies with plutonium producing nuclear power. The conclusions were established first and the committee produced this report to satisfy the conclusions. The mandate to change radioisotope production from Highly Enriched Uranium, HEU, (with fast reactors) to Low Enriched Uranium, LEU, (without fast reactors) requires development of unproven technologies, pg. 134. That is a lot of government wordsmithing to meet the demands of anti-breeder reactor alarmists.

Robert Schenter, physicist: He specialized in the production of radioisotopes in reactors for nuclear medicine. Much of nuclear medicine depends on a steady supply of an isotope called molybdenum-99—“Mo-99” for short. A by-product of nuclear fission, Mo-99 decays to produce another radioactive substance, technetium-99m, which is employed in more than 16 million nuclear imaging procedures every year in the United States alone, including sentinel node biopsies in cancer surgery, bone scans, and cardiac stress tests.

World Council on Isotopes, 2016 China, Japan, Korea Meeting: The 2016 China-Japan-Korea (CJK) Meeting took place on January 21-22, in Seoul, Korea. Since it was first held in 2003 with a purpose of fostering communication and cooperation among the three countries, it has provided the opportunity for those countries to discuss and exchange on radiation technology and radioisotopes. The global radioisotope (RI) market has shown progressive growth, with expectations to reach 8 billion USD in 2017. Among the whole RI market, medical RIs account for about 80%. In particular, Mo-99, the mother of Tc-99m, covers more than 80% of all medical RIs.

Henri Bonet, Engineer and Nuclear Physicist, World Council On Isotopes: Many people believe that our work in the nuclear field is not ethical, relaying Greenpeace and other Environmentalist’s accusations. What to respond? Thriving in Radiation: Many ethical issues are related to both protection against radiation and exploitation of radiation as a means for improving quality of human life. Nuclear techniques are used in a significant number of applications outside nuclear energy production. Examples include not only the medical sector, but also agriculture and food processing, modern industry including materials development, environmental protection, space exploration, arts & science, public security… All together, these various sectors economically dwarf that of energy production.

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