An advertisement for the
report marketed at this site appeared in my email this
I won’t be buying many
copies at that price.
It did remind me of an incident my
wife reported following a bus trip to the US with a
group of seniors about a year ago. The lead bus she was on went through the
border inspection without delay. The second one was pulled over and all
the passengers were taken inside.
Apparently radiation had been
detected from the bus. The passengers were then screened. Allegedly the border
personnel advised one he had had been through a “Cardiolite” stress test. It
had been done 4 or 5 days earlier. The passengers were very impressed with
this apparently routine detective work.
My wife has had both Thallium and
Cardiolite stress tests. She recalls the procedure being slightly different.
A check on the Internet indicates Technetium-99m is the “nuclear
agent” in Cardiolite. It has a half life of only 6 hours. Thallium 201 with a
half life of about 3 days is used for thallium stress
It seems to me
there would be little Technetium-99m left to detect after 4 days. Maybe lay
people use the “Cardiolite” name loosely to describe both types of
tests? However, I’m just a mechanical engineer. Perhaps a nuclear expert could
judge the veracity of my wife’s travel story and comment on the ability of
border patrols to detect nuclear materials?