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Categories of Radionuclides

Methods of Production of Radioisotopes

Radionuclides used in Nuclear Medicine are all synthetic and fall into 4 general categories:

There are many choices of radioisotopes for performing studies in humans. Table 1 below lists these isotopes and gives half-life and photopeak energy values as well as % abundance of each different photon.


Stephen Karesh, PhD.

Last Updated: August 14, 1996
Created: March 1, 1996