Doctor insights on:
Benefits Of Iodine 131
-brings the condition under control somewhat quicker
-will cure the condition with little chance of reoccurrence
(anti-thyroid medication often requires prolonged medication and may not cure the problem)
-avoids potentially serious side effects of taking antithyroid medication for a prolonged period
*But most will become permanently hypothyroid and need a daily thyroid hormone supplement ...Read more
Avoid surgery: Rai is designed to "kill" the thyroid without the need for surgery and surgical complications. The side effects of rai are few and manageable if done properly. Once your thyroid is dead, then you will need to take synthroid, (thyroxine) but that is easy... Much easier than taking antithyroid drugs like methimazole. You need an endocrinologist to guide you through this. ...Read more
Hi, what are the advantages and disadvantages of iodine 131 in nuclear imaging? E.g. the cost and the abundance, the stability
I 131 for treatment:
The 131 isotope of Iodine is used to treat thyroid nodules and cancers due to its long half life. It's pretty cheap, but is given as an in pt. So there is cost there.
I 123 is often used for diagnosis. Also used is technetium 99m to assess blood flow to nodules.
Most common thyroid screen is ultrasound. Occasionally MRI can be a good problem solver as well. ...Read more
Essential: It is essential, but luckily only a small amount is required. It is in certain vitamins and also present in iodized salt and bread made by batch processing in factories. It's also present in leafy green vegetables. ...Read more
Yes: Iodine is an essential ingredient for making thyroid hormone. Your body needs about 100 mg of iodine daily. Most Americans get much more than this, because most processed foods in the US include salt supplemented with iodine. It is also present in many commercial baked goods as a preservative/dough conditioner, in red & brown food dyes, and in seafood from the ocean. ...Read more
Limited diet: You can get a list of things that you can eat or shouldn't eat as well as some recipe ideas at www. Thyca. Org. ...Read more
Iodine: Iodine is necessary for certain functions in the body, but most important is the thyroid. The thyroid hormone consists of tyrosine and iodine and without sufficient iodine in the system the body can not make thyroid hormone, another tissue that utilizes a lot of iodine is the breast tissue. Iodine also has antibacterial and antiviral properies for the body. ...Read more
Most of the contrast agent will leave your circulation in a few hours with normally functioning kidneys. It will be excreted in your urine.
Iodine is a part of the contrast agent molecule. Some of this will become free iodine in the blood. Most of this is rapidly taken up by the thyroid. It can stay there for quite awhile as any other free iodine source would. ...Read more
Anyone know what is a healthy amount of iodine a 48 year old woman suppose to have in her daily diet?
"usp tincture of iodine is defined in the U.S. National formulary (nf) as containing in each 100 ml, 1.8 to 2.2 grams of elemental iodine, and 2.1 to 2.6 grams of sodium iodide. Alcohol is 50 ml and the balance is purified water. This "2% free iodine" solution provides about one mg of free iodine per drop." iodine is neutral i2; iodide is a -1 charged ion (i-). ...Read more
Why take it?: Iodine deficiency is very rare in the us. The most common cause for thyroid dysfunction in the us is autoimmune related. Autoimmune thyroid disease is made worse by taking iodine, so there is likely no benefit that you are likely to receive by taking an iodine supplement. ...Read more