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Vol 15, No 2 (2012)
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Published online: 2012-08-29
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Nuclear medicine in the diagnosis of benign thyroid diseases

Rafał Czepczyński
Nucl. Med. Rev 2012;15(2):113-119.

open access

Vol 15, No 2 (2012)
Reviews
Published online: 2012-08-29
Submitted: 2012-08-31
Accepted: 2012-08-31

Abstract

Thyroid gland has the unique ability to concentrate iodine. This
phenomenon offers a perfect background for a wide range of
diagnostic tests utilizing radioactive iodine nuclides of iodine
and technetium. Despite the very good availability of ultrasonography
and other imaging modalities, radionuclide methods
are still inevitable in a various cases of thyroid disease. In this
article, a comprehensive review of all these methods used in
the diagnosis of benign thyroid diseases is presented. Iodine
and technetium uptake tests are briefly described. Indications to
thyroid scan in the context of iodine supply are also presented.
Finally, the significance of thyroid findings in PET images is
pointed out. The article is illustrated by some typical patterns
of radionuclide thyroid images.

Abstract

Thyroid gland has the unique ability to concentrate iodine. This
phenomenon offers a perfect background for a wide range of
diagnostic tests utilizing radioactive iodine nuclides of iodine
and technetium. Despite the very good availability of ultrasonography
and other imaging modalities, radionuclide methods
are still inevitable in a various cases of thyroid disease. In this
article, a comprehensive review of all these methods used in
the diagnosis of benign thyroid diseases is presented. Iodine
and technetium uptake tests are briefly described. Indications to
thyroid scan in the context of iodine supply are also presented.
Finally, the significance of thyroid findings in PET images is
pointed out. The article is illustrated by some typical patterns
of radionuclide thyroid images.
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Keywords

iodine uptake, goitre, Graves’ disease, thyroid nodule

About this article
Title

Nuclear medicine in the diagnosis of benign thyroid diseases

Journal

Nuclear Medicine Review

Issue

Vol 15, No 2 (2012)

Pages

113-119

Published online

2012-08-29

Bibliographic record

Nucl. Med. Rev 2012;15(2):113-119.

Keywords

iodine uptake
goitre
Graves’ disease
thyroid nodule

Authors

Rafał Czepczyński

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