A method for preparing nonradioactive microspheres adapted for radiation synovectomy of arthritic joints in a mammal involves forming the microspheres by doping a biodegradable glass material which may be lithium or potassium silicate, lithium or potassium aluminosilicate, lithium or potassium aluminoborate, lithium or potassium germanate or lithium or potassium alumino- germanate with an isotope which may be samarium, holmium, erbium, dysprosium, rhemium or yttrium so that the isotope is chemcially dissolved in and distributed uniformly throughout the glass material. The doped glass material is then treated with an acid wash to produce a thin layer on the surface thereof and heat treated to improve the chemical durability of the glass material by rendering the solubility of the layer lower than that of the underlying glass material.
D. E. Day and G. J. Ehrhardt, "Composition and Method for Radiation Synovectomy of Arthritic Joints," The Curators of the University of Missouri, Aug 1991.
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