By Eric Hummel
Uses of Gadolinium
Gadolinium compounds (not metal) are injected into patients receiving MRI scans to improve contrast.
Gadolinium compounds are used as phosphors in color television sets.
Gadolinium is a component of a compact disk.
Mass Number: 157.25
It is located in the upper row of the lower rectangle on the periodic table.
Atomic Radius: 233pm
Density: 7.901 g/cc
Melting Point: 1313°C (2395°F)
Boiling Point: 3250 °C (5882°F)
At room temperature Gadolinium is a solid.
Appearance: A soft, silvery metal that reacts with oxygen and water
- Gray, Theodore W. (2009). The Elements: A visual exploration of every known atom in the universe. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.