I took the radioactive iodine, now what?

Patients who receive a dose of radioactive iodine (I131) for thyroid treatment most often are given a greater amount than their thyroid is expected to absorb.  Once you have taken the Radioactive Iodine, your thyroid absorbs as much as it is capable of.  The excess will be eliminated from your body over the next few days, and for an extended period in smaller amounts as it cycles through your thyroid.  Your body releases the Radioactive Iodine through urine, feces, sweat and saliva. Children and house pets have smaller thyroid glands than adults. Because of this, second hand exposure to radioactive […]