South Africa Circumvents Weapons Grade Uranium To Save Lives
In Pretoria, South Africa medical research has uncovered a new way of using low grade uranium, instead of weapons grade uranium for a procedure more revealing than an x-ray, which can diagnose cancer and heart disease, saving lives all across South Africa.
The procedure is used more than 50 million times a year worldwide.
The procedure is used more than 50 million times a year worldwide. Molybdenum is extracted from the uranium and then injected, in essence “painting” organs and internal structures to reveal potentially problematic conditions.
The risk of this life saving procedure is that hospitals around the world can only get their Molybdenum from highly enriched ‘weapons grade’ uranium. After apartheid, South Africa dismantled its nuclear program in 1994, and has since become a leading producer of the medical isotopes.
eliminating the need for weapons grade material is a massive step in the right direction
The risk of storing the dangerous uranium has now been circumvented. This new technique, discovered by the University of Pretoria, is saving hospitals from having to store weapons grade uranium, which might prove to be an easy terror target.
The technology is now being shared around the world. With the START treaty and reduction in nuclear arms at the forefront of the global eye, eliminating the need for weapons grade material in any capacity, is a massive step in the right direction.
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