ERIC Number: ED297954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Radioisotopes: Today's Applications.
Department of Energy, Washington, DC. Nuclear Energy Office.
Radioisotopes are useful because of their three unique characteristics: (1) radiation emission; (2) predictable radioactive lives; and (3) the same chemical properties as the nonradioactive atoms of that element. Researchers are able to "order" a radioisotope with the right radiation, half-life, and chemical property to perform a given task with the knowledge of these three characteristics. This publication includes information on the uses of radioisotopes in medicine for providing doctors with diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for scanning organs and contributing to the healing process in the treatment of cancer. Radioisotopes can help to authenticate works of art and solve crimes. In industry radioisotopes are used to detect hidden flaws in hardware and improve product quality. Uses in agriculture include insect control and the preservation of foods. (RT)
Descriptors: Atomic Structure, Cancer, College Science, Higher Education, Industry, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Technology, Radiation, Radioisotopes, Radiology, Science Education, Scientific and Technical Information, Technological Advancement
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Department of Energy, Washington, DC. Nuclear Energy Office.
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