[ RadSafe ] Nuc Med pt x-contamination of other people

Perle, Sandy sperle at mirion.com
Fri Dec 2 08:47:21 CST 2011

Brian, certainly. For example, I had a radioiodine thyroid ablation procedure end of August. One of the release of the I-131 is through perspiration as well as other body eliminations. Simply touching an item (furniture, computer keyboard or person) will cause contamination on the item or person. In my case, no matter what you do to minimize contamination, it can't be totally eliminated. My keyboard was contaminated (not significantly) but someone just touching the keyboard does and did transfer some of the contamination. Again, not significant, but it does and can occur.

Hope this answers your question.

Best regards,


Sander C. Perle 
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Nuc Med pt x-contamination of other people

Is there any documented instances of a nuclear medicine patient cross-contaminating another person?  I'm even interested in anecdotal cases!

I promise I won't try to promote and market pills to protect anyone from such events!

Brian Rees
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