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Iridium Isotopes

Stable Iridium Isotopes - Ir Isotopes
Nominal mass Accurate
mass
% Natural abundance Chemical
form
Enrichment available %

191 Ir 190.960584 (4) 37.3 (5) metal 80+

193 Ir 192.962917 (4) 62.7 (5) metal 94 - 97+
 
Both Iridium Isotopes, Ir-191 and Ir-193 are used in the production of radioactive material. Ir-191 is used for the production of radioactive Ir-192. This Ir-192 is used as a radiation source in gamma cameras that are used for non-destructive testing. Ir-192 sources are also used in so-called brachytherapy procedures whereby radioactive materials are placed in close contact with the tissue being treated. Although Ir-192 can be produced from natural Ir, the use of enriched Ir-191 gives a much higher specific activity and allows the use of smaller sources. The use of Ir-193 has been suggested for the production of the therapeutic radioisotope Pt-195m.