You can also call the appointment center to schedule, change or cancel an appointment or ask questions.
An octreotide scan is used to evaluate the neuroendocrine system and involves three to four visits to the nuclear medicine department.
On your first visit, the nuclear medicine technologist will review your health information and then inject a small amount of radioactive tracer into a vein in your arm. You will be asked to return to the department in approximately four hours. When you return, painless images will be taken for about one hour. Twenty-four hours later, you will be asked to return for a second set of images, which will also take about one hour. After a nuclear medicine doctor reviews both sets of images, you may be asked to return again the next day for another set of images. If this happens, do not be alarmed. This is a normal part of the scan.
Patients of childbearing age should review the pregnancy and breastfeeding guidelines.