Nuclear medicine advances human health and saves lives. Canada is a global leader in medical isotope production, used to sterilize medical devices and diagnose and treat diseases, such as cancer.
- Ontario’s nuclear power plants produce 70% of the world’s supply of cobalt-60, a medical isotope that’s used to sterilize medical equipment, keep food safe, fight the spread of disease and treat cancer.
- More than 40% of all single-use medical devices produced globally are sterilized using cobalt-60.
- The nuclear medicine industry supports 8,500 jobs in Canada.
- The demand for a reliable supply of isotopes continues to grow to support health care systems and research around the world.
Cobalt-60 is an essential isotope used in the treatment of cancer