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Emergency surgeries haven’t stopped in the time of COVID-19. Neither have Eva Birnbaum and her team at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
April 30, 2020
Dave Reass and Eva Birnbaum.

Dave Reass and Eva Birnbaum.

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Posted by the Santa Fe New Mexican Mar 28, 2020.

Emergency surgeries haven’t stopped in the time of COVID-19. Neither have Eva Birnbaum and her team at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is ensuring medical isotopes, critical forpositron emission tomography scans and other medical imaging, remain available.

Every year, more than a million patients benefit from medical isotopes like strontium-82, used for heart scans, and germanium-68, for cancer diagnostics. The chemicals have short half-lives, meaning they’re impossible to stockpile — half of any strontium-82 produced is gone within 25 days.

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