Gadolinium: uses

The following uses for gadolinium are gathered from a number of sources as well as from anecdotal comments. I'd be delighted to receive corrections as well as additional referenced uses (please use the feedback mechanism to add uses).

  • used for making gadolinium yttrium garnets which have microwave applications
  • gadolinium compounds are used for making phosphors for colour TV tubes
  • alloys
  • CD disks
  • superconductive properties
  • solutions of gadolinium compounds are used as intravenous contrasts to enhance images in patients undergoing MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

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