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Radiation Release from Japanese Reactors
March 15, 2011Posted by on
With attention focused on the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan, patients are likely to be asking about potassium iodide, which blocks the uptake of radioactive iodine by the thyroid. Authorities in Japan have been distributing potassium iodide tablets to people near affected nuclear power reactors.Recognizing that we have readers around the world, we thought it might be useful to provide some information about potassium iodide, as published by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.