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?
Math please help! - bobpursley, Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 7:10pm
ln (2.8/9)=-6.93 t/182
solve for t in hours. I get about 31 hours
Math please help! - Alexia, Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 7:13pm
the answers are given, it is 324 hours. im just not sure how to get that.
Math please help! - Alexia, Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 7:17pm
where did you get -6.93 and 24 from?
Math please help! - Mgraph, Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 7:47pm