Octreotide Study

You have been scheduled for an Octreotide study, which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has no side effects.

Preparation for the procedure:
1. You should be well hydrated when you arrive.
2. If you are on octreotide therapy, please discontinue twenty four to forty eight hours prior to the injection. Please do not stop any medication without consulting your physician.
3. Please inform the technologist if you have or are suspected to have insulinoma.
4. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The imaging may be changed, or special instructions given based upon that information.

What to expect:
You will be brought in to an injection room and a technologist will give you an injection in a vein. You will be asked to return three to four hours later for the scan. Once in the scan room you will be lying down on a table and a special detector called a gamma camera will take images of your body. The scan takes between ninety minutes and two hours. You need to return the following day for more images that will require ninety minutes to two hours. A SPECT scan follows the whole body scan on the first or second day. It gives the doctor more specific information about the soft tissues in your body. Once in the scan room you will be lying on table and a camera with three special detectors will rotate around you and make three dimensional images of your soft tissues. Claustrophobia is not usually a problem. This gives the doctor information similar to a CT or MRI.

The images will be reviewed and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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