We’re being asked to calculate the percent of the radioactivity that would remain for each of the isotopes after 2 days (48 h).

Recall that ** radioactive/nuclear decay of isotopes** follows first-order kinetics, and the integrated rate law for first-order reactions is:

$\overline{){\mathbf{ln}}{\mathbf{}}{\mathbf{\left[}\mathbf{N}\mathbf{\right]}}_{{\mathbf{t}}}{\mathbf{=}}{\mathbf{-}}{\mathbf{kt}}{\mathbf{+}}{\mathbf{ln}}{\mathbf{}}{\mathbf{\left[}\mathbf{N}\mathbf{\right]}}_{{\mathbf{0}}}}$

where:

**[N] _{t}** = concentration at time, t

Also, recall that ** half-life** is the time needed for the amount of a reactant to decrease by 50% or one-half.

The half-life of a first-order reaction is given by:

$\overline{){{\mathbf{t}}}_{\raisebox{1ex}{$\mathbf{1}$}\!\left/ \!\raisebox{-1ex}{$\mathbf{2}$}\right.}{\mathbf{=}}\frac{\mathbf{ln}\mathbf{}\mathbf{2}}{\mathbf{k}}}$

For** technetium-99**:

We first need to calculate for the decay constant using the given half-life of technetium-99, **6 hours**:

Both technetium-99 and thallium-201 are used to image heart muscle in patients with suspected heart problems. The half-lives are 6 h and 73 h, respectively. What percent of the radioactivity would remain for each of the isotopes after 2 days (48 h)?

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