What does astatine do?

The isotope Astatine-211 is used to treat different types of tumors.

these are its uses in detail....


Astatine is far too rare to have any uses. Some research suggest,s a possible medical use, however. Astatine is similar to the elements above it in Group 17 (VIIA) of the periodic table, especially iodine. One property of iodine is that it tends to collect in the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a gland at the base of the neck that controls many body functions.

Some researchers think that astatine will behave like iodine. If so, it could be used to treat certain diseases of the thyroid, such as thyroid cancer. When swallowed, the astatine would go to the thyroid. There, the radiation it gives off would kill cancer cells in the gland.



There are no known commercial uses for astatine compounds.

Health Effects:-

As a radioactive element, astatine would pose a serious health hazard. However, because it can be produced only artificially and with great difficulty at thathardly anyone would ever be exposed to it.