X-Ray Spectroscopy in Biology and Medicine Preliminary Report on the Microanalysis of Human Tissues for Iron, Zinc, and Potassium

  • James C. Mathies
  • Paul K. Lund
Conference paper
Part of the Developments in Applied Spectroscopy book series (DAIS, volume 2)


The reliability of the X-ray spectrograph in biology and medicine as a tool for the analysis of micro specimens of serum for calcium, potassium, bromide, and chloride has been established [1—4], Extension of this method to the analysis of tissues was therefore both feasible and desirable. The availability of a technique suitable for the analysis of needle biopsy specimens of tissue for a number of important metabolic constituents would allow more accurate diagnosis and therapy of diseases of cellular metabolism. The present preliminary report demonstrates the feasibility of measuring potassium, zinc, and iron using both macro and biopsy specimens of human tissue.


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© Society for Applied Spectroscopy Chicago, Illinois 1963

Authors and Affiliations

  • James C. Mathies
    • 1
  • Paul K. Lund
    • 1
  1. 1.Pacific Northwest Research Foundation and Laboratory of PathologyThe Swedish HospitalSeattleUSA

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