I'm writing software that needs to differentiate the following "isotopes" for a dose calibrator (as used in nuclear medicine). My software needs to normalize various inputs for "isotopes", so I'd like to parse the suffixes provided and have names for what they mean, so I can document this in the code.
I use the term "isotopes" because that's how they are being referred to in my organization, but Wikipedia says that the difference between Tc-99 and Tc-99m would be termed an isomer.
I have the following examples of isotopes with and without suffixes.
So the suffixes I have to work with are
- m: I know this means metastable.
- ss: I think this means "sphere sources".
What do these various suffixes mean? Is there a general term to group their meanings (eg: metastable is a "state")?