Thyroid Treatment (Cancer)

You have been scheduled for a thyroid treatment ,which involves the use of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is designed any remaining thyroid tissue in your body.

Preparation for the procedure:
Please have nothing to eat or drink for two hours prior to this exam. Our Physician will speak to you prior to the treatment to get all the information from you regarding your living situation. If you are living with other people you will need to limit exposure to them. If this is not possible in your current living situation you may need to go to a hotel room for a few days. Some people will need to be hospitalized for this treatment. The reason for the hospitalization is to keep radiation exposure to other people to a minimum. There are restrictions involved with this test that will be described in detail to you prior to treatment. Basically, you will be emitting radiation and will be asked to avoid contact with people for a certain period of time depending on the amount of radiation you received. Women of childbearing age will be required to have a pregnancy test. You will also be asked not to become pregnant for six months following treatment.

What to expect:
Once in the exam room you will be asked to sign a consent form for this treatment. The technologist will ask you several questions to determine if you have been given all the information needed prior to the treatment. With our Physician present you will then be given a pill to swallow. There are no side effects of this drug. You will be able to drive yourself to and from the appointment.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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