Fission and Barium-144

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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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I'm not sure, but isn't there a barium isotope used as a tracer in ct scans or x-rays?
 
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Originally posted by Sam
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?

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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