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Is a thyroid nuclear scan considered to be a treatment or just a test?

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Dr. Guido Davidzon
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: Just a test

A thyroid uptake and scan is used to aid the differential diagnosis of newly diagnosed thyrotoxicosis and ideally should use i-123 as the radiopharmaceutical (low energy isotope for testing).
If the test shows increased thyroid function such as in grave's disease or multi-nodular goiter i-131 can be use to ablate the thyroid gland if this is desire.

In brief: Just a test

A thyroid uptake and scan is used to aid the differential diagnosis of newly diagnosed thyrotoxicosis and ideally should use i-123 as the radiopharmaceutical (low energy isotope for testing).
If the test shows increased thyroid function such as in grave's disease or multi-nodular goiter i-131 can be use to ablate the thyroid gland if this is desire.
Dr. Guido Davidzon
Dr. Guido Davidzon
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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Test

Uses: hyperthyroid patients, following thyroid cancer, and as a prelude to receiving radioactive iodine to treat thyroid cancer. Should not be used routinely to work up thyroid nodules.

In brief: Test

Uses: hyperthyroid patients, following thyroid cancer, and as a prelude to receiving radioactive iodine to treat thyroid cancer. Should not be used routinely to work up thyroid nodules.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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