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Hospital radioactive waste treatment by phytoremediation

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Author: 
Blanco Martinez Mariana Isaura, Melendez Estrada Jorge and Cruz Castro Oscar
Abstract: 

Nuclear medicine is a medical practice that uses low-level radioactive isotopes for diagnosis, treatment and therapy in oncology. However, inadequate management of radioactive waste is a problem that prompts the current authors to suggest more sustainable alternatives for final disposal of such waste. Phytoremediation is one of these sustainable methods, which is economical and efficient in managing radioactive waste from hospitals. Usually, hospital pretreatments require a lot of space for storage or special procedures to dispose of such waste in ways that are both optimal and legal, in order to avoid impacts on society and the environment. In the current research, we studied Phragmites australis, which is a bio accumulative plant for heavy metals and radiopharmaceuticals, such as iodine-131 at plant root level. The plant has shown that phytoremediation at 144 hrs for experimental unit (1) has an increase of absorption activity of 0.1258 MBq and the plants morphometry did not show any change.

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