80th Anniversary of the First Radiodine Treatment
On April 1st, we commemorated the 80th Anniversary of the first therapeutic use of radioactive sodium iodide (I-130) given to a young woman with Graves' Disease by Dr. Saul Hertz in 1941. The title banner is a clip from the table made by the legendary physician who conceived the idea, studied iodine kinetics on the animal model, and finally took it to the clinic by literally running a vial with radioactive iodine (RAI) from the cyclotron facility at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to the Thyroid Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where he was the Clinical Director. The first patient, a young woman suffering from Graves' disease, was waiting for him to bring the novel radioactive medicine for her experimental treatment! Read more here.