Medical Isotope Production Finally Meets Global Demand

Pivotal moment in efforts toward nuclear nonproliferation.

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra recently certified that the process used to create medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) without highly enriched uranium has finally scaled enough to meet the needs of hospitals around the world. Mo-99 is used on a daily basis by medical professionals in over 40,000 different medical procedures, including multiple body imaging processes.

“With more than 80% of diagnostic imaging in the U.S. relying on nuclear medicine isotopes like Mo-99, the FDA has a key role to play to ensure a sufficient supply is available for critical daily medical procedures,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “We’re pleased to partner with DOE and other federal partners to contribute to this important achievement.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For U.S. medical researchers as they find ways to reduce the use of uranium around the world.
  • For officials in the FDA as they continue research to help streamline this developmental process.
  • For members of the Department of Health and Human Services as they seek to ensure the wellbeing of civilians across the country.

Sources: Department of Energy


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