Indium-111 Octreotide Scan

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What is an Octreotide Scan?

An Octreotide Scan is used to image certain kinds of tumours. The tracer collects in a very specialised type of tumours, and is only useful for patients with these specific types.

What preparation is required?

You need to be well hydrated for this test, so drink lots of fluids on the day, and empty your bladder often. You do not need to fast. Your doctor will tell you if you need to stop any medications.

What happens during the test?

On Tuesday morning we will give you an injection of a radioactive tracer into a vein in your arm.

You are then free to leave the hospital, and return 5 hours later for imaging. These images will take about 90min.

You will need to return on Wednesday and Thursday at 3pm for more images, which will take about an hour each day. Sometimes we also need images on Friday.

Are there any side effects?

There are no side effects from the tracer, and no restrictions following the test. You will be able to continue with your usual daily activities.

How long will the test take?

Please allow 30min for the injection and 90min for the afternoon imaging each day.

Can I have this test while I am pregnant or breast feeding?

It is not recommended that you have this test while you are pregnant or breast feeding. If you are currently breastfeeding please call the Nuclear Medicine Scientists to discuss your options.

It is important to bring any previous test results and your Medicare card with you

Please feel free to call us on 6244 2439 if you have any questions or to reschedule


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