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How can radioisotopes work in medicine?

How can radioisotopes work in medicine?

Several ways: Radioisotopes are used in diagnostic scanning. They are used as the radioactive basis for radiotherapy for tumors and other conditions. They can be injected into the body for therapeutic effect such as radio-iodine for treating thyroid disease or seed implants for prostate cancer. ...Read more

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What are radioisotopes and nuclear medicine?

What are radioisotopes and nuclear medicine?

Functional imaging: Nuclear medicine is use of internal ionizing radiation in form of radioisotopes by intravenous injection, ingestion, catheterization of bladder or inhalation. Functional imaging is performed of skeleton, heart, brain, thyroid, liver, spleen kidneys, bladder, lymph system, gallbladder, etc. Gamma rays instead of xrays. Radiography and MRI are anatomic imaging. ...Read more

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How can the radioisotope iodine be used to identify and treat an overactive thyroid gland?

How can the radioisotope iodine be used to identify and treat an overactive thyroid gland?

Uses thyroidfunction: The thyroid uses iodine to make thyroid hormone. Most of the iodine you get in food gets concentrated in the thyroid. It can't tell the difference between regular iodine and radioactive iodine. In diagnosis, the patient swallows a capsule of a weak radioisotope and then the amount the thyroid absorbs is measured. For treatment, a stronger isotope is used, and over time it destroys thyroid cells. ...Read more

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Is drug induced eps treatable?

Is drug induced eps treatable?

EPS: Extra pyramidal symptoms are very treatable, mainly by adjusting the dose of the psychotropic medication, switching to another psychotropic with less eps side-effect, or adding medications to counter the side-effects such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or cogentin. ...Read more

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How treatable is ovarian cancer with today's medicine?

How treatable is ovarian cancer with today's medicine?

Fairly well: We have modestly good treatment for ovarian cancer. If caught early it is curable in half to two thirds of cases. But commonly it presents as stage 3-4 disease where the cure rate drops to 25-30%. Yet the available chemotherapy can buy several years of good life when patient is treated by a specialist(gynecologic oncologist). Good luck. ...Read more

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Do you think drug addiction is a mental illness treatable with ssri's?

Do you think drug addiction is a mental illness treatable with ssri's?

Yes and no: It is absolutely a disease with well documented brain abnormalities. Not only have ssris not helped (unless co-occurring anxiety or depression ) but some studies show increased usage when patients are given these agents. ...Read more

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How might the radioisotope iodine 131 be used?

Iodine 131 uses: Major uses include the treatment of thyrotoxicosis (hyperthyroidism due to graves disease), sometimes hyperactive thyroid nodules (abnormally active thyroid tissue that is not malignant), & some types of thyroid cancer that absorb iodine. ...Read more

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How do radioisotopes help people?

How do radioisotopes help people?

Diagnosis and treat: Radioisotopes are radioactive atoms affixed to various chemicals and biological compounds which can then localize sites of disease in the body. They can also be used to treat a few condtions, the most prominent being hyperactive thyroid. ...Read more

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What are radioisotopes, pet and spect?

What are radioisotopes, pet and spect?

Visibility: Radioisotopes make molecules that are not typically visible on x-rays to show up. In the example of pet, a common molecule used is a radioisotope of glucose (sugar). Tissues that are growing rapidly would accumulate the sugar more readily, and the positrons emitted from them would show up on an x-ray. Spect is similar, but takes more images from different angles to make 3d images. ...Read more

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