Radioactive Iodine Therapy
Radioactive iodine is commonly prescribed for the treatment of an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), and following surgery for thyroid cancer. It has been used for more than 50 years. Patients drink it in a small amount of water, through a straw. Most patients need only one dose for either hyperthyroidism or thyroid cancer. Radioactive iodine therapy is available as an outpatient treatment in the Beaumont Hospital Nuclear Medicine Department in the West Bloomfield Beaumont Professional building. Associated Endocrinologists’ doctors and the Beaumont Nuclear Medicine technical staff work together to give this therapy. It can usually be scheduled at a convenient time of day.
A parathyroid scan is also known as a sestamibi scan. Sestamibi is an imaging agent that localizes in the abnormal parathyroid gland. The sestamibi scan, especially when it is performed with computerized tomography (SPECT) is the most sensitive and specific test available to detect an overactive parathyroid gland (parathyroid adenoma). We often use this test in correlation with neck ultrasound to localize abnormal parathyroid glands prior to parathyroid surgery.
Some AE physicians are certified in Nuclear Medicine and coordinate and interpret the following nuclear medicine studies through Beaumont hospital.