Thyroid Therapy at RCI
What is hyperthyroidism?
Thyroid hormones influence virtually every organ system in the body. They tell organs how fast or slow they should work. They also regulate the consumption of oxygen and the production of heat. Thyroid hormones regulate your metabolism—how the body uses food, either using it for immediate energy or storing it for the future. Another gland—the pituitary gland—actually controls how well the thyroid works.
The thyroid can develop several distinct problems. RCI specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), a condition in which the gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine. Hyperthyroidism can accelerate your body’s metabolism significantly, causing sudden weight loss, a rapid irregular heartbeat, sweating and nervousness or irritability.
Treatment options for hyperthyroidism
Several treatment options are available if you have hyperthyroidism. Doctors use anti-thyroid medications or radioactive iodine to slow the production of thyroid hormones. Sometimes, treatment of hyperthyroidism involves surgery to remove all or part of your thyroid gland. Although hyperthyroidism can be serious if you ignore it, most people respond well once hyperthyroidism is diagnosed and treated.
Thyroid therapy at RCI
You’re likely to start on the road to thyroid therapy by seeing your family doctor. However, in some cases, you may be referred immediately to an endocrinologist—a doctor who specializes in the body’s hormone-secreting gland—or a radiologist who has specialized training in nuclear medicine.
Once you are referred to RCI for overactive thyroid therapy, an appointment will be arranged for you to meet with a radiologist for evaluation. Treatment options will be discussed and if appropriate, therapy using radioactive iodine (I-131) will be scheduled. I-131 is an iodine isotope that emits radiation and is used for medical purposes.
If you have any questions about thyroid therapy at RCI, please call our office at 319-364-0121.
For more information on this and other radiology procedures, please visit www.radiologyinfo.org.
RCI is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).