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Diagnosis and assessment of skeletal related disease using calcium 41

United States Patent

May 15, 2012
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A method of determining calcium metabolism in a patient comprises the steps of administering radioactive calcium isotope .sup.41Ca to the patient, allowing a period of time to elapse sufficient for dissemination and reaction of the radioactive calcium isotope .sup.41Ca by the patient, obtaining a sample of the radioactive calcium isotope .sup.41Ca from the patient, isolating the calcium content of the sample in a form suitable for precise measurement of isotopic calcium concentrations, and measuring the calcium content to determine parameters of calcium metabolism in the patient.
Hillegonds; Darren J. (Oakland, CA), Vogel; John S. (San Jose, CA), Fitzgerald; Robert L. (Encinitas, CA), Deftos; Leonard J. (Del Mar, CA), Herold; David (Del Mar, CA), Burton; Douglas W. (San Diego, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA), The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
11/ 283,034
November 17, 2005
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.