Utilizing X-ray Fluorescence to Measure Potential Increases in Iron Concentrations of Methamphetamine Doped Mice Spleens

James M. Herndon, University of North Georgia
John J. Dailey, University of North Georgia

Description/Abstract

In this experiment we are investigating the use of x-ray fluorescence to determine the iron content present in the spleens of methamphetamine doped mice compared to that of a control spleen. The x-ray system used utilizes a rhodium source coupled with a DCC optic, and a solid state Silicon detector to give characteristic peak of iron, proportional in counts to the amount of iron present. Although a qualitative conclusion has been drawn, relating iron concentration increase to the doped spleens, XRF serves as a relatively low cost, non-destructive, and direct way to get a quantitative measurement of the amount of iron present.

 
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Utilizing X-ray Fluorescence to Measure Potential Increases in Iron Concentrations of Methamphetamine Doped Mice Spleens

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In this experiment we are investigating the use of x-ray fluorescence to determine the iron content present in the spleens of methamphetamine doped mice compared to that of a control spleen. The x-ray system used utilizes a rhodium source coupled with a DCC optic, and a solid state Silicon detector to give characteristic peak of iron, proportional in counts to the amount of iron present. Although a qualitative conclusion has been drawn, relating iron concentration increase to the doped spleens, XRF serves as a relatively low cost, non-destructive, and direct way to get a quantitative measurement of the amount of iron present.