Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 307, Issue 3, pp 1641–1643 | Cite as

Determination of Fe in blood using portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry: an alternative for sports medicine

  • C. B. Zamboni
  • S. Metairon
  • L. Kovacs
  • D. V. Macedo
  • M. A. Rizzutto


An alternate methodology based on a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (PXRFS) for determination of Fe in blood was evaluated. The iron concentrations was determined in whole blood of 18 male amateur athletes (runners) using this portable XRF spectrometer and compared with a control group (54 male donors at the same age but not involved with physical activities) obtained by XRF and NAA techniques. The Fe concentration in the blood of runners is an important factor in sports medicine contributing to the performance of endurance athletes as well as for proposing new protocols of clinical evaluation.


Iron Blood Sport medicine X-ray fluorescence Neutron activation analysis 



The authors would like to acknowledge the clinical staff at blood bank for technical assistance given in the blood collection, the voluntary athletes and the financial support the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. B. Zamboni
    • 1
  • S. Metairon
    • 1
  • L. Kovacs
    • 1
  • D. V. Macedo
    • 2
  • M. A. Rizzutto
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares, IPEN – CNEN/SP, Centro do Reator de Pesquisa – CRPqSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Laboratório de Bioquímica do Exercício – LABEX, Instituto de BiologiaUniversidade Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMPCampinasBrazil
  3. 3.Instituto de Física da Universidade de São Paulo, IFUSPSão PauloBrazil

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