Let’s face it – dirty bombs are all about fear, not real harm. This issue was front and center this month when the Government Accountability Office (GAO) scolded the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for not taking the socioeconomic effects of a dirty bomb attack seriously. NRC blasted back – what are you talking about? We do. And you really should understand […]
Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains
President Biden recently released an Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains. The EO requires an agency evaluation of critical minerals and their supply chains.
Re-Evaluating Category 3 Source Protection and Accountability
Back in July, we talked about the Government Accountability Office’s investigation in which the GAO created a fake company that was successful in one out of three tries at getting a license for radioactive material. Once they received the license and placed an order, GAO then altered the license to increase the quantity of material […]
New molecular imaging technologies can make it easier to treat cancers, minimize side effects
New molecular imaging technologies can make it easier to diagnose, monitor, and treat cancers while potentially saving patients from undergoing therapies that are likely to be ineffective and playing a role in minimizing side effects, according to experts from the Abramson Cancer Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In […]
When stents don’t work for blocked arteries, targeted radiation may help
Four times, Elaine Paparella Vandeputte underwent balloon angioplasty to clear dangerous blockages in her right coronary artery, usually also having stents implanted to prop open the vessel. Four times, the vessel became blocked again, clogged with scar tissue and other cells that were part of her body’s attempt to heal. In August, physicians at Thomas […]
Visualizing the Medical Isotope Crisis
The impending repeal of the Affordable Care Act is not the only threat to health care these days. Another crisis, one you may not have heard of, concerns a radioactive isotope called technetium 99. This obscure atom is used in a medical imaging technique called single-photon emission computed tomography, or SPECT, used to diagnose millions […]
DOE Isotope Program Provides Target Material for the Discovery of Superheavy Elements
Two isotopes of a new element with atomic number Z=117 were created by an international collaboration in the reaction between unique radioactive 249Bk target material produced at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) through the DOE Isotope Program and an intense beam of48Ca ions at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, Russia). This result completed […]
IsoRay (ISR) Announces Presentation of Positive Cesium-131 Brachytherapy Data at SNO Conference
IsoRay Inc. announced David G. Brachman, MD, FACRO, Director of Radiation Oncology, Barrow Neurological Institute, and Clinical Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, presented the findings of a prospective trial entitled: “Prospective trial of surgery and permanent intraoperative brachytherapy (S+BT) using a modular, biocompatible radiation implant for recurrent aggressive meningiomas,” at the […]
Gamma-ray irradiation improves safety of stem cell transplantation in Parkinson’s disease patients
Replacing dopamine-producing cells in the brain represents a promising therapeutic approach in Parkinson’s disease, and a new study shows how post-transplantation gamma-ray irradiation can reduce the risk of tumor formation. Read more here.
Cleaning up the threat of terrorists’ dirty bombs: Bloomberg View
The risks of nuclear terrorism are commonly misunderstood. It’s unlikely, given technological difficulties and security measures, that an extremist group could build a large-scale atomic weapon. But a group could easily obtain material for a smaller radiological weapon: a so-called dirty bomb. Read more here.