Four and one-half years ago a radioactive isotope program was started at Hackley Hospital in Muskegon, Mich. This city is situated about 200 miles from any large diagnostic and clinical center, and it was thought that the demand for radioisotope studies was sufficient to justify establishing such a program in a small general hospital. Our experiences in establishing and maintaining this program will be presented.
In setting up such a program certain factors must be present to assure continued and successful operation. First, and most important, there must be a demand for the services offered. There must also be adequately trained personnel available to administer and operate the department. Physical equipment and space must be available, and protection standards must be maintained. We felt that the demand for radioactive isotope facilities was present. This was due, in part, to the presence in the community of physicians trained at larger centers