Determination of Body Composition by Gamma Spectrometry

  • Alexander P. Remenchik
  • Ramesh K. Hukkoo
  • Charles E. Miller
Part of the Developments in Applied Spectroscopy book series (DAIS, volume 5)


The use of whole-body counters to assess the potassium content in the human body is discussed. The paper reviews the basic problems of measuring potassium content of the intact organism, one of the measurement techniques which uses a NaI(Tl) crystal as a detector, and an analysis of the results that were obtained with this counter.


Body Composition Counting Rate Obese Subject Potassium Content Gamma Spectrometry 
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© Chicago Section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander P. Remenchik
    • 1
  • Ramesh K. Hukkoo
    • 2
  • Charles E. Miller
    • 2
  1. 1.Stritch School of MedicineLoyola UniversityHinesUSA
  2. 2.Health DivisionArgonne National LaboratoryArgonneUSA

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