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Fission and Barium-144

  1. Jul 11, 2003 #1


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    Does Barium-144 have any useful purpose?

    All I really know about it is that it is a product of fission (one of the fission fragments from Uranium), which then decays into La-144, Ce-144, Pr-144, and Nd-144.

    Some radioisotopes are used in the medical field. What does Barium-144 bring to the table?

    Can anyone help?
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  3. Jul 11, 2003 #2


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    I'm not sure, but isn't there a barium isotope used as a tracer in ct scans or x-rays?
  4. Jul 12, 2003 #3
    Hi Sam,
    After about 20 minutes Ba-144 becomes 4 electrons and a very stable Nd-144 atom which is useful in the fabrication of powerful rare-earth batteries. Cheers, Jim
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