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Steven S. Zumdahl
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9th Edition
Steven S. Zumdahl
ISBN: 9781133611097
Textbook Problem

Each of the following isotopes has been used medically for the purpose indicated. Suggest reasons why the particular element might have been chosen for this purpose.

a. cobalt-57, for study of the body’s use of vitamin B12

b. calcium-47, for study of bone metabolism

c. iron-59, for study of red blood cell function

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: The reason for the given isotopes being used for the indicated medical purpose is to be stated.

Concept introduction: Isotopes of various elements have been used for medical purposes. Cobalt- 57 is used for the study of body’s use of vitamin B12 . Calcium- 47 is used for the study of bone metabolism. Iron- 59 is used for study of red blood cell metabolism.

Explanation

Explanation

(a)

To determine: The reason for the use of Cobalt- 57 in the study of the body’s use of vitamin B12 .

Since Cobalt is a major component of vitamin B12 ; hence, it is used for the study of body’s use of vitamin B12 .

Vitamin B12 is also known as cobalamin and cobalt is one of its major components. The pathway of Vitamin B12 and its use in the body is studied by monitoring the decay of radioactive isotope of cobalt, that is, Vitamin B12

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