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Frequency of Flame Sensor Activation in Public Places After Administration of Radioactive Iodine To Treat Graves’ Disease: A Recent Survey
source: Endocrine Practice
authors: Tajiri J, Hamada K, Maruta T, Mizokami T, Higashi Ksummary/abstract:
Ultraviolet (UV)-perception-type flame sensors detect gamma rays emitted from iodine 131 ((131)I). Explaining the possibility of flame sensor activation to patients when they receive (131)I to treat Graves disease or other ablative purposes is important. We investigate the current situation of flame sensor activation after radioactive iodine (RAI) therapy.
A total of 318 patients (65 males and 253 females) with Graves disease who received RAI therapy at our clinic between November 2007 and June 2014 participated in this study. Patients were given both written and oral explanations regarding the possibility of flame sensor activation. Participants were surveyed with a questionnaire. The following question was asked: “Did the fire alarm (flame sensor) go off when you used a restroom in places like shopping centers within a few days after your isotope therapy?” To those who answered “yes,” we asked where the fire alarm had gone off.
Of the 318 patients, 19 (6.0%) answered “yes,” 2 of whom were male while 17 were female. Of the 299 (94.0%) patients who answered “no,” 63 were male and 236 were female. As to the place of restroom sensor activation, shopping centers were reported by 9 patients; supermarkets by 5; airports by 2; and a bookstore, the Kyushu Shinkansen (bullet train), and a hospital by 1 each.
Explaining to patients the possibility of flame sensor activation after RAI therapy is important to avoid some complications, especially in security-sensitive areas.
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