Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists is excited to announce that it has the capability to give oral radioactive iodine therapy for patients with hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and patients with thyroid cancer. We are the only physician office in Palm Beach County licensed to administer this treatment and the lab is directed by Dr. Jaime Steinsapir, who is certified in this procedure.
For the thyroid gland to properly function, it needs iodine to create the thyroid hormones that travel throughout our bodies. Iodine, in the form of iodide, can be made into a radioactive isotope, Iodine I131. When ingested into the body, it is taken up selectively by the thyroid, and this allows us to treat patients with hyperthyroidism or thyroid cancer. In the case of an overactive thyroid, this treatment can safely eradicate some of the thyroid tissue so that the thyroid function can return to normal. With thyroid cancer, therapy with Iodine I131 will remove any remaining thyroid tissue that is left after surgery.
This treatment is given by mouth in pill form and is safe to use in individuals who have had allergic reactions to x-ray contrast agents or seafood. Patients are educated in radiation safety precautions after treatment to avoid radiation exposure to others, following guidelines approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Bureau of Radiation Control from the Florida Department of Health. These precautions depend on the amount of radioactive iodine being administered.
The Radioactive Iodine Laboratory is located in the West Palm Beach office of Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists. The Laboratory will help to integrate thyroid care throughout our offices in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Wellington and West Palm Beach.
Contact us online or call today at (561) 513-5100 to schedule an appointment