Today: 19.Jun.2021

Nicole Jawerth with the International Atomic Energy Agency explains how nuclear technology with neutron probes can significantly help manage scarce water and improve crops for countries like Sudan. This is a tremendous help for women farmers.

Published in Agriculture & Food

International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA: This is the May, 2010 review of worldwide production and supply of molybdenum 99, which is extremely important in diagnostic nuclear medicine. In February, 2010 a letter was sent to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House recommending that the United States focus on domestic production of molybdenum 99. The reply was that they were working on it. One member of the team working on it was positive and thought the problem would be solved with the renewed efforts. Scientists who worked on production of radioisotopes in American reactors were not optimistic about the renewed efforts. In 2016, an American medical professional said that he didn't think he would see satisfactory domestic production of this very important isotope in his life time. Thus is the government progress in the USA.

World Council on Isotopes, website: has many interesting articles and conferences on isotopes, radioisotopes, and radiation. In this issue for April, 2016 focus is on Article (1) Radiation Applications: Looking to the Future by Alan Waltar and Article (2) Introduction to the ‘Act on the Promotion and Management of Non-Destructive Testing Technology’ of Rep. Korea by Tae Soon Son.

Christine Craig, 21st Century Science & Technology - The use of radioisotopes for the diagnosis and treatment of disease is now a vital part of modern medical practice. The most vulnerable link is the production and supply lines of the medical radioisotope most in demand throughout the world, technetium-99m. The United States is left with no domestic source (2010) for an isotope that is used in more than 30 million diagnostic procedures each year worldwide, and almost 20 million procedures in the United States alone.