In a recent TV show, CSI Miami, radioactive iodine was used to kill someone. It must be kept in mind that this is a fictional TV show - entertainment and is not based on science. In reality, radioactive iodine is commonly used in medicine and research. Due to the way the body uses iodine, the thyroid is where most of the iodine will accumulate upon uptake. This is used to our advantage for the treatment of thyroid disease and cancer. 125I is also used in small sources to treat prostate cancer. In the laboratory, it is used in biomedical research and being looked at for treatment of other cancers.
The show contained many errors about radioactive iodine and radioactive Iodine 131 (131I) and the effects of radiation.
Radioactive iodine, or radio-iodine is normally one of the following nuclides:
More information on Radioactive Iodine
- USA Today article on CSI program
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- Radio-iodine nuclides
- All of the Radio-iodine nuclides
- Risks of thyroid radiation treatment
- Importance of 131I
- How safe are radioactive iodine injections? What are the side effects?
- Radioactive iodine and coworker
- Dose from 131I
- Using iodine isotopes
- How many days should family avoid contact with an 131I patient?
- Beneficial Uses and Production of Isotopes
- Nuclear Medicine
- Thyroid Cancer
- Radiation Related Frequently Asked Questions