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Fall-out Radionuclides in Colorado Deer Liver

Naturevolume 214pages511513 (1967) | Download Citation



BECAUSE of the numerous and complex functions of the liver, one would expect a wide variety of elements to become concentrated in that organ. According to data compiled by ICRP1, at least forty-two stable elements may occur in liver tissues, including caesium, manganese and ruthenium. Radioisotopes of these elements from a variety of sources have been found to accumulate in livers of several species2–4. Ingested cerium may also accumulate in the liver5 even though absorption from the digestive tract is normally less than 0.1 per cent6.

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    Whicker, F. W., Farris, G. C., Remmenga, E. E., and Dahl, A. H., Health Phys., 11, 1407 (1965).

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  1. Department of Radiology and Radiation Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

    • F. W. WHICKER
    • , R. A. WALTERS
    •  & A. H. DAHL


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