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The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore offers innovative diagnostic and treatment options for thyroid disorders. Mercy’s expert team of endocrinologists uses nuclear isotope therapy to treat disorders such as hyperthyroidism.
Nuclear isotope therapy is a procedure that utilizes radioactive materials to gauge and treat certain thyroid disorders. In this case, patients are administered radioactive iodine. Since the thyroid uses iodine to produce hormones, the radioactive iodine is absorbed into the bloodstream and concentrated by the thyroid gland. An X-ray will help determine the thyroid’s intake of radioactive iodine. The radioactive iodine can cause the thyroid gland to shrink and slow activity. Nuclear isotope therapy is generally an outpatient treatment for hyperthyroidism.
A single dose of radioactive iodine is administered either by swallowing a capsule or drinking the dissolved radioactive iodine in water. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism, or overactive bladder, begin to disappear within two weeks.
Nuclear isotope therapy, used to treat hyperthyroidism, stops the thyroid from producing an excessive amount of thyroid hormones. Eventually, however, the radioactive iodine could force the thyroid to under produce thyroid hormones, known as hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism may be treated with a daily thyroid medication.
Patients being treated for hyperthyroidism using nuclear isotope therapy should:
The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, is led by some of the Mid-Atlantic’s top rated endocrinologists focusing on endocrine conditions, including osteoporosis, bone density, Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes, high blood glucose, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and neuroendocrine tumors. Our experts offer advanced treatment options, such as DEXA scanning, continuous glucose monitoring, nuclear isotope therapy, thyroid fine-needle aspiration and ultrasound guided biopsies.
Dr. Babette Glister is a Board Certified endocrinologist specializing in thyroid, adrenal and pituitary disorders.
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