Nuclear imaging centers in Europe likely will have another four months of molybdenum-99 shortages as the Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group announced that the High Flux Reactor in the Netherlands will remain closed until Feb. 16, 2009. Mo-99 is the parent radioisotope of the radionuclide technetium-99m, used in a majority of nuclear imaging procedures. However, the BR-2 reactor in Belgium is set to restart this week and suppliers say this could provide some relief.

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