How much of a dose of radiation do you get by snuggling up against your significant other for a year? Unless they’re glowing green, it’s a small dose, but it’s not nothing. We’ll tell you how much radiation you, and the people around you, emit.
Strontium-90 is not good news. It emits ionizing radiation, which means you want to keep it out of our body. Unfortunately, your body has other ideas. The body’s own mechanisms welcome this isotope in, and store it away.
Strontium isn’t the only calcium mimic. Strontium-89 has been used to treat cancer spread to bones, but has largely been replaced by Samarium-153 which is less toxic. These are most commonly used in prostate cancer, but Radium-223 has superseded both in that disease as it is more effective and probably safer.
If someone were to put a pint of beer and a pint of carrot juice in front of you, telling you to pick the safer option, you’d go for the carrot juice, right? You fool! Sure, beer is full of alcohol, but compared to carrot juice it’s relatively free of something else — radioactivity.