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Thyroid Scan (Definition)

The patient ingests radioactive iodine or has intravenous injection of radiotracer technetium to define structure, size, and function of thyroid gland. Overactive ( hyperthyroid) normal, and underactive thyroid glands are determined. Sometimes autoimmune conditions and tumors of the gland can be suspected. Correlative imaging ultrasound, mr imaging, and blood tests ...Read more


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How soon after a thyroid scan should you wait before an uptake scan?

How soon after a thyroid scan should you wait before an uptake scan?

One after the other: The exact scanning time after taking the capsule varies according to the isotope and protocol used. For i-123 and low i-131 the uptake and the scan is usually done at 24 hours. A thyroid probe directed to your neck measures the radioiodine uptake, this is follow by a gamma camera scan which makes an image of your thyroid gland based on the radioiodine distribution. ...Read more

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Single hot 1 CM nodule on thyroid scan with normal thyroid blood panels & uptake. Chances of malignancy?

Single hot 1 CM nodule on thyroid scan with normal thyroid blood panels & uptake.  Chances of malignancy?

Not likely: "hot" nodules are rarely cancer and most often represent benign follicular adenomas. These are also known as "autonomous" nodules because they make thyroid hormone but don't respond to the body's normal signals telling them when to stop making the hormone. The vast majority of thyroid cancer nodules are "cold" on a thyroid scan. ...Read more

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Can any of these CT scan, thyroid scan, and ultrasound cause cancer?

Can any of these CT scan, thyroid scan, and ultrasound cause cancer?

Yes and no: Causality is hard to prove in medicine. Multiple ct exposure - especially in the young has been associated with increase risk of certain cancer but not all kids who had cts will have cancer. Thyroid scan and ultrasound have not been specifically implicated as contributors to the process of cancer development. ...Read more

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Thyroid scan/uptake shows mild hyperthyroidism, blood-work shows hypothyroidism. What's up with that?

Thyroid scan/uptake shows mild hyperthyroidism, blood-work shows hypothyroidism. What's up with that?

Labs are right: Thyroid scan/uptake shows how active someone's thyroid is in trapping iodine, but not whether or not their thyroid is able to convert iodide to iodine and make thyroid hormone with it. In this situation, the labs tell the true story - that the thyroid can't make enough thyroid hormone. Uptakes and scans are morehelpful in people with hyperthyroidism, and don't add much info in hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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My thyroid scan/uptake shows mild hyperthyroidism, but blood-work shows hypothyroidism. Does this happen often? What should I do?

My thyroid scan/uptake shows mild hyperthyroidism, but blood-work shows hypothyroidism. Does this happen often? What should I do?

Antibodies: You probably have several types of thyroid antibodies floating around your system. Some cause hyperthyroidism while others may block their effect on the thyroid receptor. Treat your levels- if you're hypo - treat with synthroid (thyroxine). Monitor function and antibody levels over time. ...Read more

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What does a thyroid scan do?

What does a thyroid scan do?

Thyroid scan: It's a nuclear medicine scan use to evaluate how well your thyroid is working. The result will give information on the size, shape, location and the overall activity of the gland. It can also tell you if a thyroid nodule is functioning or non-functioning and help your doctor determine whether a nodule biopsy is needed. More info with the link below: http://www.Webmd.Com/a-to-z-guides/thyroid-scan. ...Read more

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How expensive is it to get a thyroid scan?

Depends: Usually this is covered by your insurance. If you get a radioiodine thyroid scan it will be more expensive than a tc99m pertechnetate scan. Are you getting a scan alone or scan plus uptake? That will affect costs. I am estimating that you are looking at costs in the range of a hundred to several hundred dollars but these costs are generally set by the administration / management and not physician. ...Read more

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What do I have to do before my thyroid scan?

What do I have to do before my thyroid scan?

If hyperthyroidism: If you are having a diagnostic dose of i-123 (usually 200 microci), you should stop taking anti-thyroid medications (methimazole and ptu) and make sure you didn't have iodine-based IV contrast (used in ct scans) in the prior 6-8 weeks. For a diagnostic study a low-iodine diet is not require, unless you are going to received i-131 treatment shortly after the test. ...Read more

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What should I have to do after my thyroid scan?

Resume daily life: If thyroid scan was performed with iodine 123 or technetium 99m pertechnetate involves a low amount of radiation. The half lives are short enough (13 and 6 hours) that most irradiation will have dissipated by 24-48 hours. Whatever i123 does not accumulate in thyroid gland are excreted via kidneys, saliva, and sweat. Tc 99m usually exits via kidneys, GI tract, and saliva. I131 involves higher dose. ...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