The radioactive wig in iodine-131 whole body imaging

Clin Nucl Med. 1984 Aug;9(8):454-5. doi: 10.1097/00003072-198408000-00007.


A significant amount of I-131 contamination was found in the hair of a Bedouin lady scanned seven days after the administration of an ablative dose of 50 mCi of I-131. This observation should be taken in consideration to avoid false interpretation. It also raises the problem of potentially contaminating other persons coming in contact with I-131 patients after discharge as result of accidental contact or neglecting precautionary measures.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Hair / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Iodine Radioisotopes / metabolism*
  • Iodine Radioisotopes / therapeutic use
  • Middle Aged
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Thyroid Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Thyroid Neoplasms / radiotherapy


  • Iodine Radioisotopes