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Octreotide Scan

An Octreotide Scan will localise and evaluate specific types of neuroendocrine tumours.

What will happen when you have your Octreotide Scan

When you arrive in the Nuclear Medicine department you will be given an injection of a radioactive tracer and asked to return 4 hours later to obtain images. These images take approximately 1.5 hours. You will then need to return approximately 24 hours later for another set of images which will take approximately 1.5 hours.

The injection is not known to have any side effects and you can eat and drink as normal before, during and after the test.

What you need to do and how to prepare for the test

You will not be required to undress for the scan. The scan is performed with the Gamma Camera close to your body but you do not go through a “tunnel”.

  • The injection can only be performed on a Tuesday at 9am with scanning 4hrs later at 1pm, and 24hrs later on Wednesday at 9am
  • You must book the appointment by 1000am Wednesday if you require the injection on the following Tuesday
  • Alternatively you may book the appointment several weeks or months in advance
  • You will need a referral from your doctor
  • You will need an appointment for this test
  • You will need to pay a deposit for this test
  • Please inform booking staff if you are or think you could be pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • Please inform booking staff of your current medications at the time of booking
  • Please inform booking staff if you are currently undergoing therapy at the time of booking
  • You can eat and drink as normal before, during and after the test
  • You are not required to alter your personal activities and may continue to work as per normal throughout the course of this exam
  • You will be in the department for approximately 30 minutes for the injection then asked to return 4 hours later for 1.5 hours of imaging and then 24 hours later for further imaging which will take approximately 1.5 hours
  • Please bring any previous relevant x-rays or scans to your appointment
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