Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 123, Issue 2, pp 517–528 | Cite as

Simultaneous liquid scintillation determination of239Pu and241Am in tissue

  • J. J. Miglio
  • L. C. Willis
Radioanalytical Methods and Technology: Specialized Methods


A liquid scintillation counting method for the simultaneous determination of Pu and Am, with a two-phase cocktail, has been applied to the analysis of a tissue sample from an accidental exposure incident. The sample contained239Pu,241Pu, and241Am. In addition to analysis by two liquid scintillation counting techniques, analysis of the sample was performed by α-spectroscopy and ZnS scintillation techniques, and the results were compared. The presence of241Pu interfered with the liquid scintillation determination of241Am when the two-phase cocktail was used, but the results were in agreement sufficient to be useful in determining what course of treatment, if any, might be necessary for the patient.


Physical Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry Tissue Sample Liquid Scintillation Simultaneous Determination 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. J. Miglio
    • 1
  • L. C. Willis
    • 1
  1. 1.Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos Alamos(USA)

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