Uses of Americium
In comparison to many of the more basic/common elements americium does not have an abundance of uses, yet for a man-made element of its type, it is fairly useful.
|The most common use of Americium (241Am) is the detecting chemical in high-precision gas and smoke detectors. The radioactive traits pick up on the smoke and gas in ionization smoke detectors.|
Americium (243Am) is used as a target material for production of transcurium elements (since the elements, americium and curium, are so closely related, that they are used for similar studies) in high neutron- flux reactors.
Americium (241Am) is also a diagnostic aid for analysis of bone and mineral conditions. It is somewhat like a CAT scan.
Electronic Periodic Table