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ASTM D4785-08

ASTM D4785-08

Standard Test Method for Low-Level Analysis of Iodine Radioisotopes in Water

2013-08-07 /Historical
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This test method was developed for measuring low levels of iodine-131 in water. The results of the test may be used to determine if the concentration of iodine-131 in the sample exceeds the regulatory statutes for drinking water. With a suitable counting technique, sample size, and counting time, a detection limit of less than 0.037 Bq/L (1 pCi/L) is attainable by gamma-ray spectroscopy.


1.1 This test method covers the quantification of low levels of radioactive iodine in water by means of chemical separation and counting with a high-resolution gamma ray detector. Iodine is chemically separated from a 4-L water sample using ion exchange and solvent extraction and is then precipitated as cuprous iodide for counting.

1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are provided for information purposes only.

This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific hazard statements, see Note 2 , Note 3, Note 9, and Section 9 .

iodine; ion exchange; low-level activity; radioiodine; radioactivity; solvent extraction water
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