Iodine-129

Updated October 20, 2022

I-129 is radioactive iodine. It is used medically to destroy thyroid tissue and thyroid cancer.

I-129 is also a natural breakdown product of plutonium. It is released during any nuclear accident such as Fukishima in Japan 3/11/2011.  It is advised to take iodine (adult: 100 mg iodine) before exposure to decrease the chances of absorbing the radioactive form.

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