AW: [ RadSafe ] Po-210 Suppliers

Franz Schönhofer franz.schoenhofer at
Tue Dec 18 14:59:50 CST 2007


Are you sure you are asking for  m i l l i  Curies of Po-210? I know very
little about US legislation, but this amount seems to me to be by far to
high for a respiratory research institute. 

I am very bad in keeping numbers in mind, but hasn't Mr. Litvinenko been
poisoned to death in London last year with much less activity?

Po-210 is produced in relatively large quantities to be used as a neutron
source in the trigger for nuclear weapons, but I do not think that it might
be available on the market in the quantity you ask for. Anyway you may try
Analytics in the USA or perform a search on Google for the many
international radionuclide suppliers. If nothing helps and you have the
chemistry and a licensed laboratory you could separate it from very old
Ra-226 sources, which are not used any more in hospitals. 

Best regards,


Franz Schoenhofer, PhD
MinRat i.R.
Habicherg. 31/7
A-1160 Wien/Vienna

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: radsafe-bounces at [mailto:radsafe-bounces at] Im Auftrag
von Marshall, Elaine
Gesendet: Dienstag, 18. Dezember 2007 20:19
An: radsafe at
Betreff: [ RadSafe ] Po-210 Suppliers

One of the researchers here is hoping to find a supplier of 50 mCi of
Po-210, preferably in solution.  Could someone offer some insight as to
where I might start my research to procure this material?


Elaine T. Marshall, CHP

Radiation Safety Officer

Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute

2425 Ridgecrest Drive SE

Albuquerque, NM  87108

(505) 348-9578

emarshall at


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