I-131: Radioiodine Treatment

NOTICE (last updated Jan 2019): We are in the process of re-establishing the I-131 program but please note it is not operational at this time. We expect to have an update by the end of February.

RDVMs please note that at this time we have a 2-3 month wait list of patients for the program once it is re-initiated.

Radioiodine therapy is a safe and effective non-invasive treatment method for hyperthyroidism in cats whereby a single dose of radioactive iodine is injected subcutaneously in order to kill the abnormal thyroid tissue associated with the disorder.

Prior to undergoing radioactive therapy, patients are thoroughly examined in order confirm the diagnosis and to rule out any other medical conditions. Cats receiving I-131 will remain in the hospital for up to 1 week until radioactivity drops to an acceptable level.

Radioiodine treatment is overseen by Dr. Aleksandra Milaszewska and patients are cared for by registered veterinary technicians who have been specially trained in the area of radiation safety, as well as a designated radiation safety officer.

The VEC’s radioactive iodine unit has been in operation for several years, during which time we have successfully treated hundreds cats. Very rarely, a cat will require re-treatment, and if this is the case we will do so at no additional charge to the client.