Isotope

Use

32P

cancer detection and treatment, especially in eyes and skin

59Fe

anemia diagnosis

60Co

gamma ray irradiation of tumors

99mTc*

brain, thyroid, liver, bone marrow, lung, heart, and intestinal scanning; blood volume determination

131I

diagnosis and treatment of thyroid function

133Xe

lung imaging

198Au

liver disease diagnosis

*The “m” means that it is a metastable form of this isotope of technetium.

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