Methodology for rapid tritium determination in urine

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Abstract

The present work proposes a methodology for a rapid determination of the tritium content in urine. The urine is treated with active carbon and tritium is determined by liquid scintillation counting. Different kinds of active carbon were experimented for the metabolites removal from urine samples. The counting efficiency was calculated by a quench curve using yellow food dye as a quenching agent. It was obtained a procedure which maintained a good reproducibility, low uncertainty and detection limit of 7 Bq/l (10 ml of urine, 120 minutes of counting time and efficiency of 23.9%).

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