E. PERRY MCCULLAGH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Radioactive iodine has been used in the treatment of hyperthyroidism for over 10 years and is much more popular today than ever before. Of the 12 isotopes of iodine known, only I131 is now used in thyroid disease.
There are many fortunate circumstances which make I131 particularly useful, especially in Graves' disease. I should like to recall to your minds what some of these characteristics are, and to enumerate seven of them.
First, although in essentials the effects are the same as from x-ray or radium, with them the radiation dose to the thyroid is limited to approximately 2,000 roentgens,
MCCULLAGH EP. RADIOACTIVE IODINE IN THE TREATMENT OF HYPERTHYROIDISM1. Ann Intern Med. ;37:739–744. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-37-4-739
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;37(4):739-744.
Endocrine and Metabolism, Thyroid Disorders.
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