Thyroid Cancer Blog
Entry #23 Result of the Whole Body Scan: A New Beginning
My Story - My Radiation Treatment
Tuesday, 31 March 2009 17:00

So a week later I’m off to MCG again to find out my results from my whole body scan.  I was a little nervous.  A whole body scan will show if any of the cancer has metastasized to other locations in the body.  Typically, neck lymph nodes are a very common location for metastasis, followed by the lungs....


Entry #22 Whole Body Scan After Radioactive Iodine Treatment
My Story - My Radiation Treatment
Monday, 23 March 2009 17:00

On day 7 after my radioactive iodine-131 treatment I had to go back to the hospital to get a whole body scan.   The intention of the whole body scan is to identify if any of the cancer has spread throughout the body, metastasized.  For the scan I had to lie down on a table as the scanner slowly moved over my body.  The scanner has sensors that detect radioactive iodine.  At the time of the scan radioactive iodine should only be found in thyroid cells or thyroid cancer cells.  Then entire scan took about 24 minutes.  Yes, it was very hard to stay still for this long period of time....


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