Nuclear Particle Spectroscopy: Applications of Neutron Activation Analysis and Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy in Biomedicine

  • David M. McKown
  • James R. Vogt
Part of the Developments in Applied Spectroscopy book series (DAIS, volume 10)


Nuclear Particle Spectroscopy embodies a large variety of physical methods for measuring the energy or time distribution of sub-atomic particles or gamma-ray photons associated with the decay of radionuclides. The principles of nuclear particle spectroscopy are materialized as selective radiation detection instruments which may be employed as refinements to radioisotope and radioactivation methods. This paper briefly reviews some biomedical applications of analytical techniques utilizing gamma-ray spectroscopy; however, rather than attempt an overview of their extensive applications, emphasis is given mainly to some general aspects of the impact of these techniques upon biomedical research that have been heightened by developments in gamma-ray spectroscopy.


Activation Analysis Neutron Activation Analysis Radioactive Tracer Radiochemical Neutron Activation Analysis Stable Isotope Tracer 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. McKown
    • 1
  • James R. Vogt
    • 1
  1. 1.Research ReactorUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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