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Glossary: octreotide scan, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

octreotide scan

(ok-TREE-oh-tide skan)

A type of radionuclide scan used to find carcinoid and other types of tumors. Radioactive octreotide, a drug similar to somatostatin, is injected into a vein and travels through the bloodstream. The radioactive octreotide attaches to tumor cells that have receptors for somatostatin. A radiation-measuring device detects the radioactive octreotide, and makes pictures showing where the tumor cells are in the body. Also called somatostatin receptor scintigraphy and SRS.

2004-10-25

2008-11-21