Iridium-192 Acid Skin Burn in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Management of contaminated wounds has been thoroughly discussed in the previous chapter. This chapter presents a case example of a contaminated acid burn. At approximately 3:00
March 25, 1997, a worker was mixing approximately 740 MBq (20 mCi) iridium-192 chloride in a 0.75
nitric acid solution with toluene. The reaction was designed to label the toluene with the radioactive iridium-192. There may have been up to 30% of iridium-194 present as a contaminant. The volume in the container was approximately 7 ml. This reaction had been processed many times previously with no problems.