I131 Thyroid Ablation

Please report to Admitting 15 minutes before your scheduled exam time.

PREP: Nothing to eat 4 hours before pill administration.

PURPOSE: Treatment of hyperthyroidism, Graves' disease, Plummer's disease, or toxic nodule.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The technologist will give a detailed explanation of the examination when you arrive. Specific radiation safety instructions need to be discussed. You will be given a pill of radioactive iodine to swallow.

TIME FRAME: 30 minutes.

POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS: Minimal to no side effects from the radioactive isotope. Possible sore throat.

IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, INFORM THE TECHNOLOGIST BEFORE THE EXAM