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Dr. John Overbeck

Nuclear Medicine
Kirkland, WA
26 years experience male

Locations

Office

Kirkland, WA

Address

RADIA, 11521 NE 128th Street, Kirkland, WA
Directions

Insurances accepted

No Value

About

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Nuclear Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Overbeck
Nuclear Medicine 26 years experience
The : The most frequent disease treated with nuclear medicine is hyperthyroidism. I small quantity of radioactive iodine-131 is given orally. The iodine is selectively taken up by the thyroid gland and damages a portion of the gland. The iodine, not absorbed by the thyroid gland, is quickly excreted by the kidney. The goal of the therapy is to return the patient to either normal thyroid function or hypothyroidism which is easily treated with thyroid hormone therapy. Other conditions treated with nuclear medicine therapy are thyroid cancer and bone pain caused by prostate, breast or lung cancer. Exciting new therapies using antibodies to target cancer with radioactive antibodies are being developed. More information is available at the society of nuclear medicine web site: www.Snm.Org.
A male asked:
Dr. John Overbeck
Nuclear Medicine 26 years experience
In : In diagnostic nuclear medicine, our goal is to use the smallest amount of radioactive tracer that will give us the diagnosis. If you have ever been in a nuclear medicine department, you will be surprised at how long it takes to acquire an image. This is the trade off. Low tracer amounts yeild long imaging times. At some point, the patient can't hold still any longer. Your second question is when does radioactivity become harmful. Any sort of ionizing radiation can cause an increased risk of cancer. Sunlight, cosmic rays, and radiation coming from our environment will all cause a small increase of cancer rates. Because of this, we are always striving to keep our doses as low as reasonably achievable (alara). Please see :http://www.Ncsu.Edu/ehs/radiation/forms/alara.Pdf for more details.

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Overbeck is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Graduated 1995MD

Residency

University of Washington Medical Center

Residency

University of Washington Medical Center

Awards

Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

Affiliations

Society of Nuclear Medicine
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