Least Significant Changes and Reproducibility of 131I Uptake Test

Şahmaran T., Gültekin S. S.

Health physics, vol.120, no.3, pp.316-320, 2021 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 120 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/hp.0000000000001325
  • Title of Journal : Health physics
  • Page Numbers: pp.316-320


Copyright © 2020 Health Physics Society.ABSTRACT: Radioactive iodine uptake (RAIU) is one of the important tests performed in the departments of nuclear medicine, testing thyroid function by measuring the amount of 131I uptake after oral administration. A RAIU value measured 4 and 24 h after administration has been widely used for differential diagnosis of thyroid function and for the calculation of treatment dose. This study was performed to define practical methods for reproducibility and least significant change (LSC) values replicating thyroid measurements. In the study were 119 patients referred to the nuclear medicine department for examination of thyroid gland function with the diagnosis of Graves' disease (60), toxic multinodular goiter (29), thyroiditis (10), thyroid cancer (6), and unknown etiology (14). The level of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) among the patients was 2.07 ± 6.74 μIU mL-1. RAIU measurements were carried out by two different technicians, who have performed an equal number of measurements from each diagnosis in reference to the clinical diagnosis. Measurement of each patient was performed twice at 4 and 24 h after the administration under stable geometry and counting conditions using a standard procedure. Data were evaluated using statistical methods. For assessment of the reproducibility, three parameters were used: reproducibility coefficient (RC), the root-mean-square standard deviation (SDRMS), and the least significant change values. The average RAIU values of the first and second measurements were found as 23.71 ± 16.52% and 23.94 ± 16.64% at 4 h (p >0.05), and 35.33 ± 19.22% and 35.49 ± 19.19% at 24 h (p >0.05), respectively. For thyroid uptake values repeated at 4 and 24 h after radioiodine administration, the mean difference was found to be -0.24 ± 0.62% [limits of agreement (%); -1.44 to 0.97] at 4 h and -0.16 ± 0.44% [limits of agreement (%); -1.02 to 0.70] at 24 h. Confidence intervals were within the limits of agreement (d̅-1.96 SD and d̅+1.96 SD). When the correlation between the repeated RAIU measurements was examined taking the differences and averages into account, there was a negative correlation between 4-h measurement pairs (r=-0.203, p <0.05). On the other hand, a significant correlation was not found between the 24-h measurement pairs (r=0.074, p >0.05). RC, SDRMS, and LSC were calculated as 0.70%, 0.46%, and 1.29% for the 4 h measurements and 0.54%, 0.33%, and 0.91% for the 24-h measurements, respectively. Although there was a minor difference between measurement pairs at 4 and 24 h post-administration, the difference appeared to be insignificant without an apparent effect in the clinical settings.