Lucas Heights reactor
MAPW opposed the replacement of the Lucas Heights reactor, in Sydney's Sutherland Shire, when the existing reactor was due for replacement in 2007.
MAPW did not accept the argument that the primary purpose of the reactor was for the production of medical isotopes, arguing that these isotopes can be imported while they continue to be used.
As health professionals, we must be prepared to address all the wider health and other ramifications of the procedures we employ.
The challenge recognised by MAPW is how to secure the isotopes needed for nuclear medicine while reducing the hazards associated with their traditional source - nuclear reactors.
In additon, we encourage exploration of the growing alternative techniques for medical imaging that do not rely on radioactive isotopes.
- Key reading: MAPW 2004 report "A new clear direction"