Thyroid Treatment for Hyperthyroidism
What to Expect During the Procedure
We will ask that you ingest a capsule of a large dose of radioactive iodine and remain in the department for approximately 20 minutes
to ensure that the capsule is not regurgitated.
How Should I Prepare?
What to Expect After the Procedure
- Nothing to eat 4 hours prior to our appointment. You may have water to drink.
- No shellfish/seafood be consumed 24 hours prior.
- No iodinated contrast studies (IVP, CT, myelogram, angiogram) 6 weeks prior to this exam.
- Be off thyroid medications 6 weeks prior including supplemental iodine, herbs, kelp, and seaweed.
- If blood work has been done to evaluate thyroid function, please ask your physician’s office to fax results to us for comparison.
- You should have had a thyroid uptake/scan prior to treatment.
- Also, as another prerequisite, you should be taking a beta blocker prescribed by your physician.
Due to the large dose of radioactive Iodine used for this therapy, there are several suggested restrictions following the treatment. These restrictions include: proximity to others, dish washing and clothes washing instructions, sleeping arrangements, child care, diet and medications. These will be discussed in detail by our Technologist. Also, neck tenderness, swelling and/or sore throats are common complaints for a few days after treatment. This can be relieved by Tylenol. Also, no driver is required following this procedure. Reports will be sent to your physician within 5 business days. Contact your physician for any information pretaining to the findings.