The Marshall Center for the Treatment of Feline Hyperthyroidism
We offer the same treatment for feline hyperthyroidism that human hospitals use: Orally-dosed Radioactive Iodine, also known as I-131 which is the ‘short hand’ for the radioactive isotope which impacts the cause of the disease.
A single pill containing a carefully-dosed amount of I-131 offers a lifetime cure for feline hyperthyroidism in 98% of cases. Because thyroid tissues absorb nearly all the iodine in a cat’s body, a specifically-crafted dose of radioactive iodine can attack the abnormal tissues causing hyperthyroidism in cats.
I-131 saves cat owners time, money and stress because it frees them of the burdens and costs of daily pills, specialized foods and invasive options like surgery.
Cats undergoing I-131 therapy must adhere to important special recovery directions due to subsiding radioactivity. Our veterinarians and staff will explain these rules to you, but don’t worry…they are very manageable and safe.
The Marshall Center at Saint Francis is named in honor of Dr. Daniel Marshall, who is a pioneer in the oral delivery of I-131 in cats in the United States. Dr. Marshall designed the Nuclear Medicine facility at Saint Francis, and remains a trusted colleague, friend and advisor of our Nuclear Medicine staff.