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The ABC swallows the nuclear lobby line on medicine – hook line and sinker

The post below this is an extract from the ABC article “Nuclear medicine production in Australia at risk if dump site can’t be found, industry head says”.  I  left out the bits where ANSTO officials orgasmically discussed how much Australia needs the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor for medical reasons.

Anyone would think that this humanitarian motive is the sole raison d’etre for this nuclear reactor. The ABC apparently buys that story.

BUT, Medical radioisotopes have been made without need of a nuclear reactor. They are made in a linear accelerator
or by a cyclotron
ANSTO at Lucas Heights I believe already has a cyclotron. . The Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission recommended expanding a cyclotron industry in South Australia, to develop medical radioisotopes.
Reactor at Lucas Heights was initially intended as prelude to nuclear weapons production. The medical use was tacked on to make it look more respectable. It remains a fig leaf on the nuclear industry.

August 19, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Christina reviews, media, spinbuster


  1. Reblogged this on AGR Daily News Service.


    Comment by A Green Road Daily News | August 19, 2017 | Reply

  2. Tc-99m from Mo generators can only be made with nuclear reactors and not with Linacs or Cyclotrons. This is a very important isotope used in nuclear medicine.


    Comment by Kirstie | August 20, 2017 | Reply

    • Researchers from Centre de Recherche of the Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS), working in conjunction with the University of Alberta and Advanced Cyclotron Systems, have achieved a major advance by affirming that use of cyclotron-produced technetium-99m (Tc-99m) results in image quality equivalent to that of Tc-99m manufactured in a nuclear reactor. March 2015


      Comment by Christina MacPherson | August 20, 2017 | Reply

  3. Most medical isotopes aren’t needed and even where they are, the risk to the general population outweighs individual benefits. There are MRIs and sophisticated ultrasounds. This is especially true for technetium m which degrades to become very long-lived and dangerous technetium. Even x-rays are safer and make no waste and they are increasingly sophisticated.


    Comment by miningawareness | August 24, 2017 | Reply

    • Excerpts from 2 posts on topic:

      Reasons to Oppose:
With increasingly sophisticated ultrasound (sonogram) and MRIs, there is no reason to continue use of lethal radioisotopes, such as Technetium 99 m, which becomes long-lived Technetium 99:

      Even without ultrasound and MRIs, there can be no justification for medical tests which damage the environment for millions of years, thus causing more illnesses in people and animals, long after the person undergoing the test is dead. These include, but are not limited to, life-shortening cancers which would not otherwise occur.

      Everyone is going to die and it is unethical to shorten the lives of additional people for a medical test which may or may not even be life-saving for one individual.
      The short-term risks of Technetium 99 m are high for the patient and unacceptably high for family members, and the general public, who aren’t even warned of their exposure. These innocent victims include pregnant women and their unborn children.

      Furthermore, it becomes Technetium 99 with a half-life of 211,000 years, meaning it will stay radioactive for millions of years, impacting future generations. It is continually building up in the environment from both medical uses and radioactive discharges from nuclear reactors, processing and waste, which should also be stopped. From the environment, it increasingly enters into the bodies of humans, plants, and animals. Contamination is invisible so that it is impossible to avoid it.

      Proponents of medical radioisotopes, and the nuclear industry, continue to hide – through ignorance or malice – the fact that some so-called short-lived radioisotopes, such as Technetium 99m degrade to insanely long-lived radionuclides. Even many anti-nuclear activists fall into this trap. Technetium 99m becomes Technetium 99 which remains radioactive, and hence lethal, for over 3 million years! Thus, there can be no legitimate justification for its use either in nuclear medicine or as discharges from nuclear reactors. Therefore, the US should emphatically not construct a facility for the production of this lethal crap, i.e. “Moly Cow”. And, they should cease to use and import it”


      Comment by miningawareness | August 24, 2017 | Reply

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