Isotopes in Medicine

Chase Dawson, Riley Barkowsky, Nicholas Doss

Elements in Medicine

  • Technetium
  • Rhenium
  • Carbon
  • Nitrogen
  • Oxygen
  • Fluorine
  • Iodine
  • Erbium
  • Copper
  • Chromium
  • Iridium

Isotopes Uses

  • Technetium-99 ~ Image the skeleton & heart muscle in particular and numerous medical studies
  • Rhenium-186 ~ used for pain relief in bone cancer
  • Carbon-11 ~ used in PET scans for studying brain physiology and pathology
  • Nitrogen-13
  • Oxygen-15
  • Fluorine-18
  • Iodine-131 ~ used to treat thyroid cancer & in imaging the thyroid
  • Erbium-169 ~ used for relieving arthritis pain
  • Copper-64 ~ used to study genetic diseases affecting copper metabolism, such as Wilson's and Menke's diseases
  • Chromium-51 ~ Used to label red blood cells and quantify gastro-intestinal protein loss
  • Iridium-192 ~ Supplied in wire form for use as an internal radiotherapy source
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Why Isotopes?

" Nuclear medicine uses radiation to provide diagnostics information about the functioning of a person's specific organs, or to treat them. Diagnostic procedures using radioisotopes are now routine"