Radioactive Iodine Uptake Test
How It Is Done
A radioactive iodine uptake (RAIU) test is done in the nuclear medicine section of a hospital's radiology department by a person trained in nuclear medicine (nuclear medicine technologist).
For this test, you will lie on your back with your head tipped backward and your neck extended. It is important to lie still during this test. A special machine is placed over your thyroid gland to measure the amount of tracer absorbed by the thyroid gland 4 to 6 hours after you took the iodine. This is not an X-ray machine—it is a scanner that detects the radiation given off by the tracer. The test takes about 10 minutes. Another scan is done again in 24 hours.
After an RAIU test, you can do your regular activities. But you will be asked to take special precautions when you urinate. This is because your body gets rid of the radioactive tracer through your urine. This takes about 24 hours. It is important to flush the toilet and wash your hands thoroughly after each time you urinate.
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|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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