December 1980

Unusual 'Complication' of a Thyroid Scan

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Wilmington, NC

Arch Intern Med. 1980;140(12):1675. doi:10.1001/archinte.1980.00330230121033

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To the Editor.  —During the examination of a patient with a diffuse goiter, a technetium Tc 99m scan was done. After the procedure was performed, the patient returned to her work at a nuclear plant. To her surprise, a variety of alarm lights and sirens were activated when she walked through a door. Only after she had been undressed, showered, and "decontaminated" was she able to get across to the plant physician that she had just had a thyroid scan performed. Although there have been no long-term residual effects of this "complication," it shows the need of obtaining a previous occupational history before performing any outpatient nuclear medicine procedures.

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