Trace element exposure in man by instrumental neutron activation analysis of hair

S. Y. Cho, O. D. Awh, Y. J. Chung, Y. S. Chung

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A nondestructive instrumental neutron activation technique was used to analyze human hair samples collected from people living in metropolitan and rural areas in Korea. Samples were also collected from factory workers and cancer patients. Hair from metropolitan area residents contain higher concentrations of Ca, Mg, Zn, Cu, Ns, Br, Mn, I and S than rural area residents. Concentrations of I and S from cancer patients, Mg, Zn, Al, Na, Mn and As from glassware workers were relatively higher. The results show that the trace element concentrations of the hair are possibly related to the trace element concentrations in the body.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-109
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by a Yonsei University Research Grant for '94.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pollution
  • Spectroscopy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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