6th December 2019

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What is a medical isotope?

A medical isotope is a safe radioactive substance used primarily to diagnose illness. The energy emitted by the isotope when inside a patient is detected by special cameras while the patient is being scanned. The branch of medicine and medical imaging that uses these isotopes is known as nuclear medicine.

Where are radioisotopes used?

In medicine, for example, cobalt-60 is extensively employed as a radiation source to arrest the development of cancer. Other radioactive isotopes are used as tracers for diagnostic purposes as well as in research on metabolic processes.
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