I-131 Hyperthyroid Therapy

Planning ahead:

  • You may not have this exam if you are breastfeeding, have had iodine within four weeks before the exam, or have been eating iodine-rich vitamins or foods.
  • If you are woman of childbearing age, you must have a serum pregnancy test no more than 80 hours before taking the medication prescribed for this exam, unless you have been surgically sterilized.
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke anything for two hours before taking the pill prescribed for this exam.
  • Arrive at the hospital 30 minutes before your exam is scheduled. Ask the scheduler what time that is.

Bring with you to the hospital when you come for your test:

  • Complete list of medications you are currently taking – name and dosage for each medication, and when you take it.
  • Written physician’s order for the test.

On the day of the test:

  • Come in through the main entrance of Mon Health Medical Center, then down the hallway to the Radiology Services registration desk.

For more information on nuclear medicine, visit http://healthlibrary.mongeneral.com/Search/85,P01290

Or call the Mon Health Nuclear Medicine Department at (304) 598-1280.

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