SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1998

Determination of Uranium in Clinical and Environmental Samples by FIAS-ICPMS


Uranium may enter the human body through ingestion or inhalation. Ingestion of uranium compounds through the diet, mainly drinking water, is a common occurrence, as these compounds are present in the biosphere. Inhalation of uranium-containing particles is mainly an occupational safety problem, but may also take place in areas where uranium compounds are abundant. The uranium concentration in urine samples may serve as an indication of the total uranium body content. A method based on flow injection and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (FIAS-ICPMS) was found to be most suitable for determination of uranium in clinical samples (urine and serum), environmental samples (seawater, wells and carbonate rocks) and in liquids consumed by humans (drinking water and commercial beverages). Some examples of the application of the FIAS-ICPMS method are reviewed and presented here.

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Karpas, Z
Nuclear Research Center, Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
Lorber, A
Nuclear Research Center, Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
Halicz, L
Geological Survey of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel
Gavrieli, I
Geological Survey of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel
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Developed by Committee: C26
Pages: 89–98
DOI: 10.1520/STP15729S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5390-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2034-1