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Dr. Neeoo Chin
39 years experience in Fertility Medicine
No: No, the contrast fluid used for hysterosalpingograms does not contain any radioactive materials.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Damage DNA: These greatly increase the rate of mutations, which in turn are the actual cause of cancer. This is the major reason for avoiding exposure as much as ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience in Pain Management
See below: Radioactivity refers to the particles which are emitted from nuclei as a result of nuclear instability. Because the nucleus experiences the intense co ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
27 years experience in Breast Surgery
Depends on the dose: There is no upper limit to the amount of radioactive iodine a person can receive in their lifetime. However, the greater the dose is above 500 mci in ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
29 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Need more info: Radioactive iodine is often used for graves' disease which is a hyperactive thyroid condition. I am assuming you were given this option or partial thy ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Geffner
53 years experience in Endocrinology
Yes: Capsules of 131i are given in small doses to see how much and where in the thyroid iodine can be picked up. Larger doses are used to treat hyperthyroi ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
It will not: An i131 test does not "diagnose" goiter. Goiter is just a term meaning an enlarged and/or nodular thyroid. An i131 scan is a "fucntional" scan. It is ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amit Uppal
15 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Used as treatment: Your thyroid gland uses iodine to produce thyroid hormone. If you have an over-active thyroid gland, one option is to remove/destroy part of the glan ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience in Endocrinology
No: The dose is much too small. Talk w/your doctor if you're concerned.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shari Jackson
20 years experience in Radiology
Thyroid uptake/scan: Is a nuclear medicine test performed to evaluate the structure and function of the thyroid. Technetium 99m pertechnetate is a radioactive material th ... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Esquivel
34 years experience in Holistic Medicine
Essentially yes: Iodine is particularly concentrated in the thyroid gland as it is a vital component of thyroid hormone. The radioactivity destroys the cells it is ab ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
19 years experience in Radiation Oncology
Yes/no: Most commonly used radiation is external beam radiation. This is a high energy x-ray or protons typically and this does not make you radioactive. ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
30 years experience in Endocrinology
Great treatment: Hi. I assume you're talking about radioactive iodine (specifically 131-I) for hyperthyroidism and not thyroid cancer. 131-Iodine is my preferred treat ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
43 years experience in Surgical Oncology
No: Radioactive iodine scans used to be used for that purpose, but are not accurate enough. Ultrasound followed by fine needle aspiration biopsy is the b ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Pascolini
16 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
See list: -metallic taste in your mouth. -dry mouth. -sore throat. -neck pain. Radioactive iodine treatment can make your neck swell up or hurt. -nausea or ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Does; doesn't: Radioactivity produces ionizing radiation that damages the genes. I would urge you to ignore "pop" / "scare" stories about electromagnetic fields caus ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Iodine 131 uses: Major uses include the treatment of thyrotoxicosis (hyperthyroidism due to graves disease), sometimes hyperactive thyroid nodules (abnormally active t ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Greenberg
31 years experience in Radiology
A pill: As a pill similar in size to a vitamin pill.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Need more info: Not sure what you mean by "test results" but u cannot know that u have multinodular goiter from a blood test. A thyroid ultrasound can give u this dia ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
19 years experience in Radiation Oncology
No: Usually not, they can cause irritation of urethra for a short period of time that can be discomforting.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience in Nuclear Medicine
Very safe: Injection of isotope technetium 99m mdp and visualization of skeleton looking for areas of abnormal uptake. Side effects include sometimes some bleedi ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Pre-treatment: You are on low iodine diet to keep normal iodine from competing with radio-iodine and interfering with the concentration of radio-iodine in the thyroi ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Hot vs. cold nodule: Iodine uptake by thyroid tissue depends on functioning cells. The most common use for thyroid scan is to assess if a nodule is functional or not. A fu ... Read More
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