Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists is excited to announce that it has the capability to give oral radioactive iodine therapy for patients with hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and patients with thyroid cancer. We are the only physician office in Palm Beach County licensed to administer this treatment and the lab is directed by Dr. Jaime Steinsapir, who is certified in this procedure.
Iodine is essential for proper function of the thyroid gland, which uses it to make the thyroid hormones that circulate in our bodies. Iodine, in the form of iodide, can be made into a radioactive isotope, Iodine I131. When ingested into the body, it is taken up selectively by the thyroid, and this allows us to treat patients with hyperthyroidism or thyroid cancer. In the case of an overactive thyroid, this treatment can safely eradicate some of the thyroid tissue so that the thyroid function can return to normal. With thyroid cancer, therapy with Iodine I131 will remove any remaining thyroid tissue that is left after surgery.