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Recombinant Human TSH 3-Week Regimen

This information describes the 3-week regimen for your recombinant human TSH treatment.

Dietary Guidelines

Start following the low iodine diet ___ days prior to Day 1 of the regimen.

Drink at least 8 (8-ounce) glasses of decaffeinated liquids every day. The liquids should include water and other beverages listed in the low-iodine diet guidelines. You can find the guidelines in the resource The Low Iodine Diet.

Regimen Schedule

During the first week of the regimen, you will come to the hospital Monday through Saturday. You will have blood work and scans.

During the second week of the regimen, you will receive your treatment.

During the third week of your regimen, you will have a post-treatment scan. A staff member in Nuclear Medicine will arrange this for you.

Below is a typical regimen schedule:

Week 1
Diagnostic
Testing
Day 1
(2 to 3 hours)
 
•Blood work
•Recombinant human TSH injection
Day 2
(30 to 60 minutes)
 
•Recombinant human TSH injection
Day 3
(4 to 6 hours)
 
•Blood work
•Diagnostic dose of radioactive iodine
•Radiation
measurement
Day 4
(90 minutes)
 
•Blood work
•Scan
•Radiation
measurement
Day 5
(90 minutes)
 
•Blood work
•Scan
•Radiation
measurement
Day 6
(90 minutes)
 
•Blood work
•Scan
•Radiation
measurement
Week 2
Treatment
(May start
Tuesday,
Wednesday,
or Thursday)
 
(30 minutes)
 
•Recombinant human TSH injection
(30 minutes)
 
•Recombinant human TSH injection
•Treatment dose
of radioactive
iodine
 
 
Week 3
Follow-up
Post-treatment scan

Other tests that you may have include:

  • A pregnancy test (blood draw) for women before treatment to ensure that they are not pregnant. This is a hospital requirement for treatment.