What is an octreotide scan?

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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Can neuroendocrine tumors occur outside of the colon in setting of CT & Octreotide scan showing in cecum but colonoscopy shows nothing in this area?

Tumors and HTN. 40 F asks: Can neuroendocrine tumors occur outside of the colon in setting of CT & Octreotide scan showing in cecum but colonoscopy shows nothing in this area? ANS: Yes but these diseases are very rare and variable recommend you see a team that specializes it in your area one of the best is in Houston at the big cancer center. Read more...