Strontium 90 as an indicator of time since death: a pilot investigation

Sue M. Maclaughlin-Black, Ruth J. M. Herd, Keith Wilson, Melvyn Myers, Iain E. West

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51-56
    Number of pages6
    JournalForensic Science International
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 1992


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