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Strontium 90 as an indicator of time since death

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/1992
<mark>Journal</mark>Forensic Science International
Issue number1
Volume57
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)51-56
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The results of a pilot investigation are presented. The study aimed to show that the presence of radioactive strontium-90 in human bone could be used as evidence of active uptake during life. In this way the time since death of the individual could be identified as occurring before or after the date when atmospheric levels of radioactive strontium were at a peak in the early 1960s. The results of this initial investigation were encouraging but further detailed analysis is required on a substantially larger sample of material spanning a more controlled time period.