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Applied radiation and isotopes : including data, instrumentation and methods for use in agriculture, industry and medicine

Chemical stability of (99m)Tc-DTPA under aerobic and microbially mediated Fe(III)-reducing conditions in porous media.


PMID 25213084

Abstract

(99m)Tc-DTPA has been used as a conservative tracer to quantify water transport through porous media. However, more information on the reactivity of this (99m)Tc compound under varying geochemical conditions is desirable to better understand its potential uses. We measured the speciation of Tc following amendment of (99m)Tc-DTPA to batch systems spanning a range of controlled biogeochemical conditions. Our results suggest that (99m)Tc-DTPA is stable under the reducing conditions tested. However, freshly precipitated Al-ferrihydrite may displace Tc(IV) from DTPA in the absence of Fe(III)-reducing conditions.