PRLog - Oct. 3, 2012 - NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- If you’ve had a cat treated for feline hyperthyroidism with Iodine-131, you may not have considered the risk to your family of radiation exposure once you bring kitty home. But your cat continues to emit radioactive iodine in bodily fluids for a couple of weeks after being released from quarantined post-treatment care at the vet. Fortunately, there’s a way to protect yourself and your family.
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Bind-ItTM is a substance invented by Laboratory Technologies, Inc. that binds with the radioactive I131, encasing it in solution and making it safe for cleanup and disposal. The Bind-ItTM Feline Care Pack comes with a hand wash and a spray cleaner that will last for the two weeks during which a cat is excreting radioactive iodine. The care pack is now available through OldMaidCatLady.com.
“While radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment is extremely safe and effective for patients,” says Scott Oesterlin of Laboratory Technologies, “exposing others to the radioactivity being eliminated from the patient’s body afterward is potentially hazardous.
“Children and pregnant women are most at risk from exposure to I131. The beta particles are quickly absorbed by their thyroid glands, where they can mutate healthy cells into cancer cells, just as they destroyed the diseased cells in the cat’s thyroid. By using the Bind-ItTM products, you greatly reduce that risk.”
The spray cleaner is intended for use on litter boxes, where the I131 will be present in urine and feces. It can also be used on any surface where the cat walks, sits or lies. The spray nozzle is designed to soak the surface, and can be easily wiped off afterward, with the radioactive iodine trapped in solution.
“Because cats groom themselves all the time, their entire body will be covered with their saliva, which is a bodily fluid,” explains Lynn Thompson of OldMaidCatLady.com. “So after touching the cat, you can wash your hands with the Bind-ItTM soap to keep from absorbing that. And cats perspire through the pads on their feet, so wherever the cat walks could also be contaminated with some radioactivity.
“When I heard about the Bind-ItTM products, it amazed me because the possibility of a radioactive cat was something I’d never considered,”
Bind-ItTM also makes a care pack for humans who have received I131 treatment for hyperthyroidism or thyroid cancer. Both care packs are available on OldMaidCatLady.com.
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About Laboratory Technologies, Inc.:
Laboratory Technologies, Inc. was established in 1983 as a manufacturer of multi-well gamma counters. They are now regarded as a leading worldwide supplier, with engineers on staff in the fields of clinical, research and industrial analysis of gamma, beta and alpha radioactivity, as well as luminescence and others. The company’s engineers also design beta counters, nuclear medicine cameras, dose calibrators, multichannel analyzers, luminescence readers, and many others. Their focus on nuclear instrumentation gives them intense knowledge, experience and expertise with radioiodine. They introduced the Bind-ItTM decontamination products first for industrial use, and now for home use with post-RAI patients. For more information on radioactive iodine, visit their website at http://i131safety.com.