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The Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 2013 September;57(3):301-7

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Radioiodine therapy of hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules: usefulness of an implemented dose calculation algorithm allowing reduction of radioiodine amount

Schiavo M. 1, Bagnara M. C. 2, Pomposelli E. 1, Altrinetti V. 1, 3, Calamia I. 1, Camerieri L. 1, Giusti M. 4, Pesce G. 1, Reitano C. 2, Bagnasco M. 1, Caputo M. 1

1 Medical and Radiometabolic Therapy Unit, IRCCS AOU San Martino – IST, Di.M.I., Genoa University, Genoa, Italy; 2 Medical Physics Unit, IRCCS AOU San Martino – IST Genoa, Italy; 3 Nuclear Medicine Department, Galliera Hospital, Genoa, Italy; 4 Endocrinology Unit, IRCCS AOU San Martino – IST, Di.M.I., Genoa University, Genoa, Italy


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Aim: Radioiodine is a common option for treatment of hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules. Due to the expected selective radioiodine uptake by adenoma, relatively high “fixed” activities are often used. Alternatively, the activity is individually calculated upon the prescription of a fixed value of target absorbed dose. We evaluated the use of an algorithm for personalized radioiodine activity calculation, which allows as a rule the administration of lower radioiodine activities.
Methods: Seventy-five patients with single hyperfunctioning thyroid nodule eligible for 131I treatment were studied. The activities of 131I to be administered were estimated by the method described by Traino et al. and developed for Graves’disease, assuming selective and homogeneous 131I uptake by adenoma. The method takes into account 131I uptake and its effective half-life, target (adenoma) volume and its expected volume reduction during treatment. A comparison with the activities calculated by other dosimetric protocols, and the “fixed” activity method was performed. 131I uptake was measured by external counting, thyroid nodule volume by ultrasonography, thyroid hormones and TSH by ELISA.
Results: Remission of hyperthyroidism was observed in all but one patient; volume reduction of adenoma was closely similar to that assumed by our model. Effective half-life was highly variable in different patients, and critically affected dose calculation. The administered activities were clearly lower with respect to “fixed” activities and other protocols’ prescription.
Conclusion: The proposed algorithm proved to be effective also for single hyperfunctioning thyroid nodule treatment and allowed a significant reduction of administered 131I activities, without loss of clinical efficacy.

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