IODINE; DIAGNOSIS; PROTEIN; LEVEL
The thyroid is an important hormone regulation organ. Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy is developed to assess iodine and other essential elements in the thyroid . Subjects are administered 0.05% iodine water for 0, 6, and 12 days before the thyroid is extracted. Pronounced iodine, sodium, calcium, and potassium emissions are observed at approximately 746, 589, 395/422, and 766/770 nm, respectively. Iodine emission is surprisingly highest in 0 day subjects, lowest after 6 days, and recovers by 12 days. This follows the Wolff-Chaikoff effect as ingestion of excess iodine reduces thyroid iodine and iodine is essential for hormone production. LIBS is a promising method for trace elemental analysis of the thyroid.