Lutetium – A Rare Earth Element With Scientific and Medical Uses

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Lutetium
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Kota Saint Jovite Youngblood leads Youngblood Metals Mining in Southern California and meets the wholesale purchasing needs of diverse collectibles dealers. His areas of focus include rare coins, estate jewelry, vintage toys, and comic books. Kota Saint Jovite Youngblood also has a longstanding interest in precious metals and their practical applications.

The rare earth elements (REE) are a group of 17 metals that are found in quantities that make large-scale mining difficult. Among the rarest of these is lutetium, which also has the distinction of being the hardest and heaviest of the REE. Lacking large-scale industrial uses, lutetium does have use in research endeavors. As an isotope, it can be used as radiation therapy in treating minute, soft tumors.

Lutetium crystals are also employed within medical scans that take measure of the body at the molecular level. The metal’s uses extend to meteorology lasers used in measuring things such as pollution and wind speed. The radioactive isotopes of lutetium are additionally used as catalysts that enable petroleum cracking and diverse polymerization and hydrogenation processes.

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