Ablation and isolation times

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Ablation and isolation times

by KimmyAnn on Fri Apr 19, 2019 03:45 PM

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Hi all, building on the other recent post about isolation times, I am having the whole body iodine scan soon and just spoke to the nuclear tech. She said if the test is positive on Friday, the scan day, they set me up right away with the ablation and then I am only isolated Fri, Sat, and Sun. I have read most places that it is 7 days. Anyone have a similar schedule to this for ablation?

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by ToddlerFather on Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:46 PM

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On Apr 19, 2019 3:45 PM KimmyAnn wrote:

Hi all, building on the other recent post about isolation times, I am having the whole body iodine scan soon and just spoke to the nuclear tech. She said if the test is positive on Friday, the scan day, they set me up right away with the ablation and then I am only isolated Fri, Sat, and Sun. I have read most places that it is 7 days. Anyone have a similar schedule to this for ablation?

That is somewhat dosage dependent, but considering recent guidance of not being useful to go beyond 100 mCi, 3 days isolation looks fine to me, if a few days of care at home to not be so close to others. 

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by butterfly501 on Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:03 AM

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On Apr 19, 2019 3:45 PM KimmyAnn wrote:

Hi all, building on the other recent post about isolation times, I am having the whole body iodine scan soon and just spoke to the nuclear tech. She said if the test is positive on Friday, the scan day, they set me up right away with the ablation and then I am only isolated Fri, Sat, and Sun. I have read most places that it is 7 days. Anyone have a similar schedule to this for ablation?

It depends on the dose. 

7 days would be for a huge mCi of I-131.

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by butterfly501 on Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:05 AM

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Not to mention; there is no "isolation".  You only have to maintain a distance of approx. 6 feet for the first few days.

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by KimmyAnn on Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:23 PM

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Thanks all, I'm using the term isolation loosely to describe the restrictions.  The radiology department told me if the test is positive at the end of the week, I get the ablation dose the same day. Anyone else have that experience? I thought they would schedule it at a future date. 

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by butterfly501 on Mon Apr 22, 2019 09:32 PM

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On Apr 22, 2019 12:23 PM KimmyAnn wrote:

Thanks all, I'm using the term isolation loosely to describe the restrictions.  The radiology department told me if the test is positive at the end of the week, I get the ablation dose the same day. Anyone else have that experience? I thought they would schedule it at a future date. 

Some facilities do the diagnostic whole body scan prior to ablation, others don't. 

They'll give you the ablative dose asap since your TSH will be elevated.

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