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December 4, 2002

Police Detainment of a Patient Following Treatment With Radioactive Iodine

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior Editor


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JAMA. 2002;288(21):2687. doi:10.1001/jama.288.21.2687-JLT1204-3-1

To the Editor: We recently treated a 34-year-old man for Graves disease with 20 mCi of iodine 131. Twenty-four hours after treatment, his radioactive iodine uptake was 63%. Three weeks after treatment, he returned to our clinic complaining that he had been strip-searched twice at Manhattan subway stations. Police had identified him as emitting radiation and had detained him for further questioning. He returned to the clinic and requested a letter stating that he had recently been treated with radioactive iodine.