Once staff members produce a radiopharmaceutical, it must be used within a certain amount of time depending on the half life of the radioactive isotopes within. Once a radioactive isotope’s half life ends, its energy level decreases, and doctors are not longer able to use it. CMIT distributes radiopharmaceuticals by car if the destination remains within a three to four hour radius of the production facilities, which operate in Shreveport and Baton Rouge. Sometimes, though infrequently, the center transports them by car a bit farther.
CMIT possesses capabilities of transporting nationwide, though it poses a risk of losing the ability to use the radiopharmaceutical once it reaches its destination. The center infrequently uses air transport to ship radiopharmaceuticals to Phoenix, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, St. Louis, Missouri, and other areas.