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Detection of depleted uranium in biological samples from Gulf War veterans.
Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, 8901 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20889-5603, USA.
Military medicine 2001;166(12 Suppl):69-70.
During the Persian Gulf War, soldiers may have inhaled, ingested, and/or experienced wound contamination by depleted uranium (DU), which is used in military projectiles and armor. DU is produced by depleting natural uranium of 234U and 235U during the uranium-enrichment process. Although the long-term effects of significant DU exposures require investigation, many veterans express fears about its impact on health. An assay by which DU exposure can be assessed would not only be a useful research tool, but the information could help mitigate the concerns of exposed individuals. In this study, urine samples from individuals enrolled in the Depleted Uranium Follow-Up Program at the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center were examined for uranium content. Isotopic composition of urine uranium was determined by measuring the 235U/238U ratio, using an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer. Using this method, natural and depleted uranium could be readily differentiated. By demonstrating the absence of DU in soldiers who suspect exposure by inhalation or ingestion, the assay should reduce psychological stress in these individuals.
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