Development of a Total Body Chlorine Analyser Using a Bismuth Germanate Detector System and a 252Cf Neutron Source
the radiation exposure during the activation process is approximately 280 mrem (2.8 mSv);
the method is time consuming as it consists of two separate operations, namely activation and a counting step;
the unit cost is high because it requires two separate facilities and a number of high flux neutron sources; and
the patient must be quickly moved iron one facility into another to be counted as 38Cl, the chlorine activation product, which has a half-life of only 37.3 minutes.
KeywordsNeutron Source Total Body Water Chlorine Concentration Body Composition Study Bismuth Germanate
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