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Thyroid Radioactive Treatment
It is with pill only: Radioactive pill contains i-131 isotope containing radioactive iodine. Iodine is only needed by thyroid gland no other organs uses iodine.So once you swallow i-131 pill radioactive isotope labelled iodine absorbed from stomach and intestine and from blood it is trapped by thyroid gland to its maximum capacity and res is excreted by kidney into urine., and that is reason pt. Has to flush toilet ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
If a person has radioactive treatment of the thyroid, how long are they radioactive for, can it affect other people?
It depends: It depends on the dose and the people you want to protect and the duration of proximity with the people. Higher the dose, recent the dose and younger the people and too close the proximity and longer the contact will affect proportionately. The biological half life I-131 is only couple of days to one week. So use your judgement. There is no need to worry unless you are breast feeding an infant . ...Read more
I had full thyroid taken out they have talked about a scan and radioactive iodine treatment it has been 14 weeks i think this is a long ?
Not too long: 14 weeks out is not too long but you should be able to get the treatment now. Call your doctor to reevaluate the treatment options. ...Read more
Is radioactive iodine a fairly safe treatment after total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer? I'm 42 years old.
I will be recieving radioactive iodine treatment the end if this month for thyroid cancer. Once i take the pill can I exercise?
After radioactive iodine treatment is it common to need an increase in Synthroid (thyroxine) dose after all remaining thyroid tissue has been abblated?
Every since my radioactive iodine treatment after thyroid cancer I have had bad acne. Could this be related? I had the treatment in june of 2010.
Indirectly related: It would be very unlikely for the radioactive iodine to induce acne, but another change that probably happened around the same time is taking thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone tablets could affect the balance between estrogen and testosterone, by changing the amount of sex hormone binding protein made by the liver. Lab tests could help your doctor know if this was causing your acne. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If you get radioactive treatment for thyroid disease, then is your pee and poop radioactive waste? For how long?
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