Octreotide Scan

This is a scan which is used to find tumors that are made up of nerve and gland tissue. In this test, a radioactive material is injected into the blood stream. The material injected is a very small amount which is not harmful to the patient. A scan is then done using a specialized type of camera which is similar to taking an x-ray. This will help detect carcinoid tumors, gastrinomas, insulinomas, glucagonoma, and other abnormalities and cancers.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

No preparation or fasting is necessary.

NORMAL FINDINGS

No evidence of increased uptake throughout the body.

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.