Letters of jobs at risk have been issued to 70 employees at GE Healthcare.
You may have mispoke, Mallinckrodt has led the way from supplying material for the firtst nukes on.
No diagnostic radioisotopes from Amersham's cyclotrons after August, it is rumored. The de-commissioning project has a name and is being worked on. GE reckons it can supply from Arlington Heights instead. Possibly not...
Great shame as Amersham once led the World in cyclotron isotope production. Its Philips was the first cyclotron to be specifically bought for large-scale isotope production in 1967.
Also a significant shortage of Tc-99. All current reactors used for the production are aging or being de-commissioned. Used for 65% of all R-A scans.
Cyclotron route could be used instead and GE has actually demonstrated this at Triumf, Vancouver, using an identical cyclotron (CP42) to the one it says is 'too old' at Amersham. However, it has to be in the patient within 12 hours of EOB which might prove difficult to deliver from the US to parts of the world where Tc generators (from Mo-99m) are currently used.
I'm surprised there are 70 people left at GEHC!
They laid off over 100 to save $$ the business is struggling
Depends. Bad if it is cyclotron isotopes group.
70? Is that all? Hardly worth posting about.
Does that mean GE won't be buying LIFE?
I think the money saved by laying off 70 employees would generate the cash flow to purchase LIFE at it's true value.
What divisions are being affected?
Ooooh! Please fire us!
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