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Nuclear Medicine & Radiation Therapy

ISSN: 2155-9619

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Radioactive Iodine Therapy

Radioactive iodine treatment is used to treat certain thyroid diseases and thyroid cancer. The procedure is done with a radioactive form of the element iodine. Radioactive iodine therapy improves the survival rate of patients with papillary or follicular thyroid cancer. Radioactive iodine is given either in a capsule or in a tasteless solution in water.

Radioactive Iodine Therapy is a procedure that treats thyroid cancer after analysing a patient using nuclear medicine imaging to evaluate the way your thyroid functions. In human body metabolism is usually controlled by thyroid gland and any change require would require a nuclear medicine thyroid scan. In nuclear medicine thyroid scan uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose disease and the patient will be treated by Radioactive Iodine Therapy. In radioactive iodine therapy radiation can destroy the thyroid gland and any other thyroid cells (including cancer cells) that take up iodine, with little effect on the rest of your body.

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