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Isotopes discussion in Tri-Cities

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RICHLAND, Wash--  Several scientists spent Monday morning in Richland discussing medical isotopes.  They say we need to find ways to develop medical isotopes domestically because they can help diagnose and treat a number of diseases including cancer.

Problem is they say the reactor technology is found in foreign countries, even though right here in the Tri-Cities we could be at the forefront of it all.

"I think the most important reason for discussing it in the Tri-Cities is that we have some of the world leading experts in both isotope production and processing science," explains Darrel R. Fisher with PNNL.

Critics of the technology oftentimes argue it might rely too much on potentially dangerous conditions.  Meantime, some locals are hopeful to start producing some isotopes using non-reactor technology.