Radioactive noble gases

  • Azuwuike Owunwanne
  • Mohan Patel
  • Samy Sadek


Xenon and krypton are noble gases of group O. They are chemically inert at body temperature with limited solubility in aqueous media. The physical half-lives, decay mode and gamma energies of 127/133Xe and 81mKr are listed in Table 13.1.


Decay Mode American Chemical Society Regional Cerebral Blood Regional Cerebral Blood Flow Gamma Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Azuwuike Owunwanne
    • 1
  • Mohan Patel
    • 2
  • Samy Sadek
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear Medicine, Faculty of MedicineKuwait UniversityKuwait
  2. 2.Kuwait Central Radiopharmacy Kuwait Cancer Control CenterMinistry of Public HealthKuwait
  3. 3.Department of Nuclear Medicine Faculty of MedicineKuwait UniversityKuwait

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