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Radioactive Iodine Exposure

posted Apr 22, 2010, 5:52 PM by Medhavi Jogi   [ updated Apr 22, 2010, 6:22 PM ]
Recently USA today had an article about the risks posed to the public from radioactive iodine.  Currently the American Thyroid Association, The Endocrine Society, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists all have guidelines based on scientific evidence that the current practice of outpatient radioactive iodine therapy is safe for the general public; see JAMA 283: 2272-2274, 2000.  Currently the Nuclear Regulatory Commision (NRC) has not changed the regulations, but we are waiting to see if new regulations will be passed.  The American Thyroid Association is currently studying this issue.