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Posted by Alexia on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 7:04pm.

Nuclear medicine technologists use the Iodine isotope I-131, with a half-life of 8 days,to check thyroid function of patients. After ingesting a tablet containing the iodine, the isotopes collect in a patient's thyroid, and a special camera is used to view its function. Suppose a person ingests a tablet contaiing 9 microcuries of I-131. To the nearest hour, how long will it be until there are only 2.8 microcuries in the person's thyroid?

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