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Posted by Susan
on October 18, 2000 at 22:57:56:
In Reply to: Thyroid Scan posted by Tom on October 17, 2000 at 14:46:09:
: I am 32, male. About a month back, I had gone for a routine medical checkup. The blood results showed I have high TSH ( around 94 . The normal range is 0.35 to 5.5). The doctor told me that I am hypothyroid. I just could not believe what he was telling because I didn't have any symptoms. He had one more blood test
: done for thyroid antibodies a week later. The results showed my TSH level around 77, Thyroid Antithyroglobin around 440 ( normal range is 0 - 40 ), Thyroid Peroxidase around 1300 ( normal range is 0 - 34 ) . He pointed out the enlargement of Thyroid on the
: right side of my neck while swallowing. Then I started to believe. The other symptoms I noticed later are nails and slight hair loss for the past one year. Another factor was my mother is also hypothyroid. He sent me for an ultra sound test. When I called him last week, he said that there are some abnormalities and asked me to go and see him. He wanted me to go for scan. When I repeatedly asked him, he said it is not cancer. I am worried now. Why is this scan required? Could anybody give me more information on this? Has anybody underwent this scan? What are the health risks? Your experiences, suggestions and help is greatly appreciated.
I think you are refering to an uptake scan to see how much iodine your thyroid is processing. They use radioactive iodine (RAI) in pill form that you swallow and about an hour later they do a simple test to show/count how much RAI you have in your system. From there the take a scan/x-ray of your thyroid which helps them to determine what type of condition you have. ie graves, nodules.... From there the Dr has a better idea on how to treat you. Cancer is always a posability but if he doesn't think so and is vesred in the endocrine system I would trust him. There is a number of other posibilities besides cancer. check out www.endocrineweb.com and www.about.com (go to T then scroll to thyroid)Another item Thyroid problems usualy are genetic. I would talk with the Dr and get all the info you need right a list and bring it with you. If you are around children or small pets ask if the amount of RAI is sufficent to stay away from them for a while 12-48hrs? I can't remember I didn't encounter that problem. Best of luck.
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