Examples of stable elements used in nuclear medicine isotopes such as carbon-13, nitrogen-15 and oxygen-18 as well as noble gas isotopes.Uses of stable isotopes include the custom synthesis of new and complex labeled compounds to use in agriculture, biology, chemistry, drug testing, geology, health, nutrition, physics as well as diagnostic techniques in medicine.Technetium-99m is used in roughly 30 million medical imaging procedures a year -- roughly one per second -- making it the most extensively used radioisotope for medical diagnostics.
While the NIDC is not directly involved in this work, many of the radioisotopes that we manage are primarily used in these critical applications.
The presentations below give overall background information on medical uses as well as some more specific information on Tc-99m and on isotopes for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) procedures.
This atomic number is ordinarily given the symbol Z.
The great importance of the atomic number derives from the observation that all atoms with the same atomic number have nearly, if not precisely, identical chemical properties.
The specification of Z, A, and the chemical symbol (a one- or two-letter abbreviation of the element's name, say Sy) in the form A/ZSy identifies an isotope adequately for most purposes.
Thus in the standard notation, 1/1H refers to the simplest isotope of hydrogen and 235/92U to an isotope of uranium widely used for nuclear power generation and nuclear weapons fabrication. A "stable isotope" is any of two or more forms of an element whos nuclei contains the same number of protons and electrons, but a different number of neutrons.Neuroimaging for brain disorders, research for variety of neuropsychiatric disorders, especially schizophrenia and dementia, higher resolution SPECT studies with lower patient dose, lung imaging (some experts believe it is superior to Xe-133 in inhalation lung studies). Internal radiation therapy of liver cancer (C), monoclonal antibodies (C), Hodgkins disease, and hepatoma (C), cellular dosimetry, treating rheumatoid arthritis, treating breast cancer, treatment of gastrointestinal adenocarcinomas (A). National Biomedical Tracer Facility Planning and Feasibility Study. In fact, it is precisely the variation in the number of neutrons in the nuclei of atoms that gives rise to isotopes. The three share the place in the periodic table assigned to atomic number 1 and hence are called isotopes (from the Greek isos, meaning "same," and topos, signifying "place") of hydrogen.Many important properties of an isotope depend on its mass.The periodic table of the elements assigns one place to every atomic number, and each of these places is labeled with the common name of the element, as, for example, calcium, radon, or uranium.