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In Sweden, radioactive iodine for thyroid diagnostics and therapy was introduced by Jan Waldenström (1906–1996) and Bengt Skanse (1918–1963). The paper describes the start of the clinical use of radioiodine, the various iodine isotopes available, measurement techniques and dosimetry. There are...
The thyroid gland is susceptible to radiation carcinogenesis, and the thyroid cancer risk decreases with increasing age at exposure, with a low risk above 20 years of age at exposure. The risk is best described be a linear dose-response relationship down to 0.1 Gy. Epidemiological studies of...
Radioiodine treatment for thyroid disease has been given for half a decade in Sweden. The most common indication for treatment is hyperthyroidism, when iodine uptake is high. The situation in which radioiodine treatment is used in thyroid cancer is less favourable and measures therefore have to...
Endocrine ophthalmopathy is to some degree present in most patients with Graves’ disease. In few cases, a severe form of the condition develops and in the majority of these cases, the course of the eye problems has been influenced by the treatment for thyrotoxicosis. In this regard, radioiodine...
There is no consensus regarding the optimum treatment of benign non-toxic goitre. L-thyroxine suppressive therapy is widely used, but there is poor evidence of its efficacy, and it may have serious adverse effects on health. Surgery is first choice in large goitres or if malignancy is suspected....
External ionizing radiation is a risk factor for primary hyperparathyroidism. Whether exposure to radioactive iodine contributes to the risk of primary hyperparathyroidism is unknown. Patients with thyrotoxicosis are often treated with radioactive iodine and its accumulation in the thyroid gland...
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