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Thyroid Scan

Alternate Names : Nuclear Thyroid Scan, Radioactive Iodine Uptake Scan

Thyroid Scan | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

The radioactive iodine is usually gone from the body within 48 hours. The total dose of radioactive material is small and no special precautions are required.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

The total dose of radiation is quite small and hardly ever causes complications. Rarely, allergic reactions to the radioactive tracer can occur. People should tell the healthcare provider about any allergies they may have, especially to iodine or shellfish. Sometimes the person may have an odd taste in the mouth or nausea from the radioactive iodine.

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Thyroid Scan: Preparation & Expectations


Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Eric Berlin, MD
Date Reviewed: 09/20/01

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