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Does radioactive iodine destroy the entire thyroid? If so, why?

Does radioactive iodine destroy the entire thyroid? If so, why?

RAI...: Radioactive iodine is used for many conditions such as graves disease, thyroid cancer, and hyperfunctioning/autonomous nodules. In each case, a particular dose of radioactive iodine is used to achieve the desired result. Each case is individual and will decide how much of the gland needs to be damaged. ...Read more

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Radioactive (Definition)

Radioactivity refers to the particles which are emitted from nuclei as a result of nuclear instability. Because the nucleus experiences the intense conflict between the two strongest forces in nature, it should not be surprising that there are many nuclear isotopes which are unstable and emit some kind of radiation. The most common types of radiation are called alpha, ...Read more


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What can I expect after getting radioactive iodine on my thyroid?

What can I expect after getting radioactive iodine on my thyroid?

Improvement: Radiation treatment is designed to render non-functional the hormone producing cells of the thyroid in cases of overactivity. You can expect to have an improvement in your symptoms and a feeling of well being. You probably will need to supplement your body with thyroid hormone to replace the loss from these cells that no longer work. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to radioactive iodine. I was wondering if other thyroid meds have the iodine in them as well?

I'm allergic to radioactive iodine. I was wondering if other thyroid meds have the iodine in them as well?

Are you sure?: Are you allergic to iodide in contrast material? Allergy to the small amount of i in rai is extremely rare. Thyroid hormones all have i. You need to discuss this with your doctor or see a thyroidologist. ...Read more

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I have had a full thyroid taken out july 6 2012 how long is normal time to have radioactive iodine trearmnet done ?

I have had a full thyroid taken out july 6 2012  how long is normal time to have radioactive iodine trearmnet done ?

2-6 months: I am assuming you are dealing with thyroid cancer. We usually wait until surgery has healed completely ~ 6-8 weeks and up to 6 months generally. It can always be given later as well. ...Read more

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Advice about radioactive iodine for a overactive thyroid?

Advice about radioactive iodine for a overactive thyroid?

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 gland. if radioacive iodine is given, the gland will take it up and will be damaged by the radiation, thus reducing the amount of hormone produced. after this occurs, some patients then have too little thyroid and need to take thyroid pills. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about an radioactive iodine for a overactive thyroid?

Thryoid 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 gland. if radioacive iodine is given, the gland will take it up and will be damaged by the radiation, thus reducing the amount of hormone produced. after this occurs, some patients then have too little thyroid and need to take thyroid pills. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about having an radioactive iodine for a overactive thyroid?

Thyroid 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 gland. if radioacive iodine is given, the gland will take it up and will be damaged by the radiation, thus reducing the amount of hormone produced. after this occurs, some patients then have too little thyroid and need to take thyroid pills. ...Read more

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Will the radioactive iodine capsule work for my thyroid uptake scan?

YES: An uptake value will be established. Uptake can be low, normal, or high. Scan will be diagnostic if enough iodine localizes in the thyroid gland. Large amounts of stable iodine from iodized salt and ocean seafood can compete with radiodine and decrease uptake. ...Read more

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I am wandering if me now having hypothyoridism and on top of that thinking about it all day has effects on how i function. I had radioactive iodine surgery because my thyroid was overactive, it has been about a year from then and right now i take 100 mg s

I am wandering if me now having hypothyoridism and on top of that thinking about it all day has effects on how i function. I had radioactive iodine surgery because my thyroid was overactive, it has been about a year from then and right now i take 100 mg s

Hello. : Hello. Clearly this is very troubling for you. I recommend that you get a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. That would include a metabolic work up. It sounds like you are having obsessive thoughts that your find upsetting. From what you describe you have had a marked change in your personality. Your quality of life can improve, but the cause of your symptoms needs to be evaluated. It is likely that you would benefit from psychotropic medication as well as cognitive behavioral therapy with a therapist. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more