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Medical Isotope Production without Highly Enriched Uranium
However, conversion would not address any of the other supply reliability concerns associated with current HEU-based production. Moreover, conversion itself could lead to reliability-of-supply problems if not carried out in a technically sound manner.
Although there are other potential foreign and domestic sources of Mo-99 supply (see Chapter 3), it will take some time (5–10 years and possibly longer) for substantial supplies from these producers to become available (see also Chapter 10). As discussed in Chapter 10, government assistance is likely to be required to improve U.S. supply reliability.