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Radioiodine treatment uses a form of iodine that is radioactive. Iodine is selectively absorbed by your thyroid gland; the rest mainly passes out of your body in urine saliva, sweat and breast milk if you are breast-feeding. Your doctor considers that this is the best form of treatment for you.
Pregnancy and breast feeding or to be father:
To protect others, you have to follow the below guidelines.
WHEN YOU LEAVE THE HOSPITAL
If you sit in contact within two meters of others for more than two hours per day, you can share with your manager the instruction at work that provided to you if needed.
OUTSIDE THE HOME
Avoid visiting cinemas and other social events where you are close to other people for more than one hour. You can only go to areas that allow three meters between you and others.
IF YOU ARE TRAVELING
Using public transportation is restricted for one week; you should not use public transport to journeys lasting no more than two hours. You can Ask the radiation safety officer for advice on the therapy date if such a trip is unavoidable.
It is advisable to avoid air travel if possible. If it’s impossible; try to find a place where you can sit alone and be at least one meter from others. If you must sit beside someone move around so that you are not sitting beside the same person all the time. Call the hospital in the working days and ask for appointment with radiation safety personnel for travel report before your trip.
IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER HOSPITAL EXAMINATION
If you have to go to hospital unexpectedly, please inform the medical staff that you have been treated with radioactive iodine recently, and show them the details of the therapy that you were given on release from hospital. This applies even when it is the same hospital where you were treated.
USING BATHROOM AND TOILET
Please follow the below radiation safety advice
|Instructions||Administrated I-131 dose (mci) / dose rate @1m|
|Sleep in separate bed|
|Avoid sexual contact|
|Avoid close contact with children & pregnant women|
|Limit travel and using public transportation|
|Delay return to work|
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