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Who uses sodium-24?

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2009-09-30 03:25:25

Sodium-24 is an industrial tracer used by industrial

radiologists to find leaking pipes. It is a beta emitter meaning

that the radioactive particle is a neutron, as a result it has

moderate penetrating power and low ionizing power so small amounts

are relatively safe. In the pipe the radiation will be shielded by

the pipe material so any leaks causing the tracer to become exposed

can be indicated by a geiger or scintillation counter. Also since

Na-24 has a 15 hr half life it is quickly decomposed to a more

stable isotope and hence has a lower effect on the surrounding

environment when the tested pipe is washed out to remove the

tracer.


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