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X-Ray Analytical Methods for Evaluating Levels of Environmental Particulates

  • J. Leroux (a1), A.B.C. Davey (a1), W.W. Reid (a1) and Chantal Chalifoux (a1)


An exact knowledge of environmental particulate levels at their sources of production, geographic sites of dissemination and/or anatomic sites of deposition after they have been inhaled or ingested by the body is considered a main priority in the environmental health field. One must therefore recognize the need for rapid, accurate and sensitive means of sampling and analyzing these materials, often found in trace amounts, with little alteration from their original physical and chemical structure. A summary of the various theoretical approaches and methodologies investigated in our laboratory towards that goal are discussed with emphasis on X-ray techniques used, correction factors involved, and areas requiring further research.



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