Metabolism of americium-241 in man: an unusual case of internal contamination of a child and his father

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Science  05 Oct 1979:
Vol. 206, Issue 4414, pp. 64-66
DOI: 10.1126/science.482925


The metabolism of americium-241 has been studied during an 8-year period in an adult male and his son who, at the ages of 50 and 4 years, respectively, were accidentally and unknowingly contaminated within their home by means of inhalation. Chelation therapy with calcium trisodium pentetate was more effective in enhancing the removal of americium-241 from the child than from the father.