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