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What is an octreotide scan?

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In brief: Type of tumor scan

Used to find carcinoid and certain other tumors.
Octreotide (similar to somatostatin) is labelled with a radioactive tracer and injected. It binds to carcinoid tumor cells and certain other tumors with somatostatin receptors. A nuclear medicine camera can image the location and distribution of the tumor cells.

In brief: Type of tumor scan

Used to find carcinoid and certain other tumors.
Octreotide (similar to somatostatin) is labelled with a radioactive tracer and injected. It binds to carcinoid tumor cells and certain other tumors with somatostatin receptors. A nuclear medicine camera can image the location and distribution of the tumor cells.
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