The /sup 59/Fe uptake system was used to estimate the dose distribution throughout sham-operated and splenectomized rats exposed to whole-body 1000 kVp x irradiation. The marrow in the splenectomized animals was found to be slightly more radiosensitive. However, the difference between the two groups of rats was not significant. The dose distributions throughout the marrow of both groups were the same. It was concluded that splenectomy had no effect on the usefulness of this method. The method of measuring /sup 59/Fe uptake in this study used the uptake of radioiron at 6 hr post-injection and the deduction of the activity due to circulating iron. This resulted in a technique capable of measuring changes in iron uptake with midline-air-exposures of 25 R.