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Is there a chance of movement of lead in permanent implantation of interstim therapy.I am taking as much care but I am afraid of lead movement.

Is there a chance of movement of lead in permanent implantation of interstim therapy.I am taking as much care but I am afraid of lead movement.

Interstim: Interstim treats urinary retention (inability to completely empty the bladder) and the symptoms of overactive bladder, including urinary urge incontinence (leakage) and significant symptoms of urgency-frequency. Am not aware of presence of lead that will lead to human toxicity in this product. ...Read more

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 is radioactive seed therapy?

What is radioactive seed therapy?

Localized radiation: In cases where radiation is effective but may be adjacent to other vital structures that might be effected by the radiation, radioactive seeds usually emitting Alpha particles which have minimal extension of their radiation effects can be delivered effectively to organs such as the liver by arterial infusion or to prostate by direct implantation with a needle. ...Read more

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What can I expect after radioactive iodine therapy?

What can I expect after radioactive iodine therapy?

Radioactive iodine: Your thyroid levels will likely be low and you will be prescribed thyroid medication. ...Read more

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Should i consider radioactive iodine therapy for regrowth of tissue after -partial, then total thyroidectomy?

Should i consider radioactive iodine therapy for regrowth of tissue after -partial, then total thyroidectomy?

It depends : That would depend on the original diagnosis and reason for thyroidectomy. If it was for benign modular disease or goiter then it shouldn't be necessary. If it was treatment of cancer then it is probably advisable but there are other factors that would need to be explored with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does radiation therapy make me radioactive?

Generally NO: Most people are treated with external radiation. This leaves no residual radiation in the body, it's like having an x-ray. Once the machine is off, there is no more radiation. Some people are treated with permanent radioactive implants. These then stay in the body and give off radiation for a while. You wouldn't be radioactive, but radiation could be detected coming from you for a while. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of radioactive iodine therapy for hyperthyroidism?

What are the benefits of radioactive iodine therapy for hyperthyroidism?

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

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I take 5mg of methimazole for graves disease but it's not helping me. Will I eventually need RadioActive Iodine Therapy?

I take 5mg of methimazole for graves disease but it's not helping me. Will I eventually need RadioActive Iodine Therapy?

Talk to endo: Your endocrinologist can answer your question better. Having said that , if Grave's cannot be medically controlled , RAI is likely the next approach. ...Read more

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I'll need radioactive iodine therapy in 2 weeks for my thyroid cancer.How can I get rid faster of the iodine in my body from a CT scan i had yesterday?

I'll need radioactive iodine therapy in 2 weeks for my thyroid cancer.How can I get rid faster of the iodine in my body from a CT scan i had yesterday?

Not likely to work: If you received IV contrast with the ct scan, you will not be able to receive radioactive iodine in 2 weeks. It can take months for the iodine from the contrast to be excreted. You may be able to increase the rate slightly by taking a diuretic, but the best thing will be to wait at least 2 months. ...Read more

Implantation (Definition)

One common meaning refers to the process by which an embryo attaches to the uterus of a woman so that she is pregnant. Many think of it as 'sticking.' implantation in humans always occurs when the embryo is between 6-7 days old. A very popular concept on the internet now in 2012, 'implantation bleeding, ' is speculative ...Read more