Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R is for Radium # atozchallenge

What is radium?

Radium is a silvery, white metallic substance which was discovered by Marie and Pierre Currie in 1898. Five days after they discovered radium, they reported it to the French Academy.

Radium has no commerical uses except in the field of Nuclear Medicine. In nuclear medicine, the isotope RA-223 is used to treat cases of  advanced prostate cancer.

At the time the Curries were working with radium. the dangers of radioactivity were not know. Marie Currie died of radiation poisoning.

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