Temporary PET items added to address nationwide nuclear scan shortage

Doctors have had to ration all but the most urgent cases

Patients needing urgent diagnostic imaging are being given access to PET scans as the Federal Government responds to the crisis afflicting nuclear medicine.

Australia's nuclear reactor. Picture: Supplied
ANSTO's nuclear reactor. Photo: Supplied

A mechanical fault at Australia’s nuclear medicine facility at Lucas Heights in Sydney has halted production of the radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), used in about 80% of nuclear scans.