polonium is also at the center of a major plot line currently playing out on the daytime soap opera General Hospital.
But their tests were for gamma, not alpha, radiation, so they naturally would have missed any polonium diagnosis.
Did he understand that he would now have to live with a sword—not of Damocles but of polonium—hanging over his head?
polonium po·lo·ni·um (pə-lō'nē-əm)
A naturally radioactive metallic element, occurring in minute quantities in uranium ores; its most readily available isotope is Po 210, with a half-life of 138.39 days. Atomic number 84; melting point 254°C; boiling point 962°C; specific gravity 9.32; valence 2, 4.
A very rare, naturally radioactive, silvery-gray or black metalloid element. It is produced in extremely small amounts by the radioactive decay of radium or the bombardment of bismuth or lead with neutrons. Atomic number 84; melting point 254°C; boiling point 962°C; specific gravity 9.32; valence 2, 4. See Periodic Table.