What does the OctreoScan test show?
The OctreoScan is a test which images 85% of carcinoid tumors but is not the best way to show their growth. It does indicate the potential usefulness of Sandostatin (octreotide) treatment when a tumor lights up on the OctreoScan.…READ MORE
What is an OctreoScan?
An OctreoScan is fairly straightforward. While it cannot give an indication as to tumor size, it can indicate the extent of disease metastasis and show possible loci for tumors which may or may not have been suspected. Essentially what happens is this:…READ MORE
Why would my doctor mention my appendix if an OctreoScan showed a hot spot in my lower right quadrant?
Are you assuming that the hot spot in your RLQ on the OctreoScan is a primary carcinoid in the appendix, which is the origin of the small, presumably metastatic lesion, in the liver ? Very unlikely. More likely a carcinoid originates in the terminal ileum…READ MORE
Can you provide some suggestions about the preferred use of OctreoScans?
An OctreoScan can very occasionally show a carcinoid before CT scan or chemistries indicate its presence, but this situation is very infrequent. Visually it is used to help locate a tumor when chemistries show it is present and CT scan doesn’t image…READ MORE
What tests are needed in the diagnosis of carcinoid or whatever it can be?
Octreoscan is the imaging technique of choice in addition to CT scan and MRI. In appropriate cases, Neotect Scan, FDG PET scan or F18 Dopa PET Scan and MIBG Scan in expert hands are useful. Measurement of urine and blood catecholamine could unmark a pheochromocytoma…READ MORE
How long does the octreotide/radioisotope remain in the body?
Every last trace of octreotide and the isotope Indium 111 used in the OctreoScan are gone from the body within 1 week.…READ MORE
Is there a problem with attempting to conceive soon after the OctreoScan?
Every last trace of octreotide and the isotope Indium 111 used in the OctreoScan are gone from the body within 1 week. There is no effect on conception thereafter.…READ MORE