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Old 09-11-2003, 03:30 PM   #1
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I am confused about radioactive iodine. Is it used both for testing and for destroying thyroid cells?
Is a diffent kind used for testing, or a smaller dose?

 
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You're right in that it is used both to diagnose some thyroid conditions and for treatment of the hyperactive gland. The diagnostic test uses a tiny dose which passes from the body shortly afterward; the treatment dose is many times larger in order to destroy the gland altogether.
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