Plutonium urinanalysis

N. Valentin, Carlo Weyers, René Boulenger

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    A simple method of urinanalysis, sensitive enough to detect 0.08 dis./min of plutonium in 1500 ml of urine, is described. The method consists of a phosphate precipitation followed by the destruction of organic matters by ashing. An anion exchange is used to separate plutonium from other remaining inorganic ions and the final purified plutonium is deposited or electroplated on stainless steel discs and counted in a ZnS scintillator. Ten to twenty samples can be treated per day by two persons, the result being obtained three days after the beginning of the analysis. The recovery of about 3 dis./min of plutonium from a litre of urine is 78 ± 4% with 95% confidence.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherSCK CEN
    Number of pages25
    StatePublished - Jul 1965

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    NameSCK CEN Reports
    PublisherSCK CEN

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