How Radiologists are Handling the Nuclear Materials Shortage
“We compensated by lowering our doses slightly… you can maintain the same quality by slightly increasing the time of imaging,” Schraml says. “We were able to continue business as usual, essentially.”
Eventually, the shortage abated, and the hospital resumed its original dosages and dosage times.
Regarding the current shortage reports, “I don’t know how dire things will be,” Schraml says. “I put a lot of reliance on my technologists and my manager. They seem to always come through, so if the shortage isn’t any worse than it was a couple of years ago, then I think we’ll be fine.”
The PET Alternative
Technetium-99 is used between 70,000 and 80,000 times per day in U.S. healthcare, primarily as a cardiac perfusion imaging agent, says Paul Crowe, chairman and chief executive officer at NuView Life Sciences, based in Dallas.