Scintillation Counting of C14-Labeled Paper Chromatograms

  • Robert Berner Loftfield


If one is faced with the problem of determining the distribution of radioactivity in a paper chromatogram, there are several assay techniques available. The chromatogram may be scanned in a strip counter and the radioactivity estimated by measuring areas under each peak or by use of an electronic integrator [1]. The paper strip can also be cut into appropriate sections and the radioactivity of each section determined under a Geiger counter. Depending on the thickness of the paper, the counting efficiency of these techniques is in the range of 3–10%. More serious than the inefficiency is the variation in efficiency, which makes quantitation difficult.


Paper Strip Counting Efficiency Solvent Front Geiger Counter Paper Chromatogram 
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© New England Nuclear Corporation 1963

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Berner Loftfield
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  1. 1.J. Collins Warren Laboratories of the Huntington Memorial Hospital of Harvard UniversityMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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