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Table 1 Properties of pure positron emission radioisotopes. Data from the National Institute of Standards and Technology [14], Laboratoire National Henri Becquerel [15], and Brookhaven National Laboratory [16]. Range of positrons is in water [14]

From: Physics of pure and non-pure positron emitters for PET: a review and a discussion

Isotope Half-life Branching (β+) in % E max (MeV) E mean (MeV) R max (mm) R mean (mm)
11C 20.4 min 99.8 0.960 0.386 4.2 1.2
13N 10.0 min 99.8 1.199 0.492 5.5 1.8
15O 2 min 99.9 1.732 0.735 8.4 3.0
18F 110 min 96.9 0.634 0.250 2.4 0.6
64Cu 12.7 h 17.5 0.653 0.278 2.5 0.7
89Zr 78.4 h 22.7 0.902 0.396 3.8 1.3