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Portable lead analyzer to locate source of lead

Publication Type : Scientific Paper

Thematic Areas : Medical Sciences

Publisher : Indian J Pediatr

Source : Indian J Pediatr , Volume 71, Issue 6, p.495 - 499 (2004)

Campus : Kochi

School : School of Medicine

Department : Forensic Medicine

Year : 2004

Abstract : Objective: To investigate the sources of lead in the environment in children with elevated blood, with the help of a Field Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer. Methods: One hundred and seven school children were chosen for this study on a random basis, from Mangalore and Karnataka. Their blood lead was analyzed. Of the cases analyzed, 10 students whose blood lead level was more than 40 microg/dl were investigated using a field portable X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer. This is the first time such a device has been available for this purpose in India. Results: The 'likely' source of lead exposure could be determined in eight cases which was from the immediate environment of the children like 'lead-based' paint on surfaces in the house, on playground and other exterior equipment; lead storage batteries, contaminated dust and soil and other lead-containing substances. Conclusion: The use of an X-Ray Fluorescence Analyser appeared to be useful in determining the source of lead.

Cite this Research Publication : K. A., Pillay V. V., T., V., P., A., M., C., CS., C., H., D. ’S., RG., M., N., N., R., C., and S., S., “Portable lead analyzer to locate source of lead”, Indian J Pediatr , vol. 71, no. 6, pp. 495 - 499, 2004.

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