Personalized Care for an Octreoscan in Williamsport, PA
Octreoscan procedures are ordered to detect certain types of cancer, especially neuroendocrine cancers; carcinoid, gastrinoma, insulinoma and small cell lung cancer. The procedure shows where the cancer started and any places it has spread to.
Preparing for an Octreoscan Procedure
Follow these preparation guidelines prior to an octreoscan procedure.
Dietary restrictions: You should be well hydrated prior to the injection of the isotope and drink extra fluids and void frequently for 24 hours after the injection.
Medication restrictions: If the patient is receiving somatostatin therapy, it should be discontinued for 48 hours prior to the scan. If the area we are imaging is the abdomen, our nuclear medicine physician may prescribe Dulcolax® to help clear out any tracer that may have accumulated in the bowel.
How Long Will This Take?
Upon arrival you will be registered by our office staff. A certified nuclear medicine technologist will explain the procedure and inject the isotope Octreotide. You will be asked to return four hours after the injection. The technologist will position you on an imaging table and take images of your head and torso. Once the images are complete you are free to leave, but you will be asked to return the next day for additional images including tomographic images. You may be asked to return at 48 and sometimes 72 hours for additional delayed imaging.
What Happens During An Octreoscan?
A certified nuclear medicine technologist will verify your identity and explain the procedure.They will administer a radioactive isotope called Octreotide. You are allowed to leave, but asked to return in four hours. Upon your return, you will be taken into an imaging room and asked to lie on an imaging table. You will be positioned by a technologist and pictures will be taken of your head and torso. Patients are generally very comfortable for the imaging session. After the pictures are complete, you are free to leave, but will be asked to return the following day. You will be provided a specific time. If there are any dietary or medication instructions, they will be provided to you at this time.
Upon your return the next day, a technologist will reposition you on the imaging table and take pictures of your whole body, plus tomographic pictures called SPECT. This session will take longer than the four hour session, but most patients are comfortable. If you have any concerns, please share them with the technologist.
Although rare, additional images may be taken the next day (48 hours after injection). A board-certified nuclear medicine physician will review and interpret your scan. The results will be mailed to your physician within one working day.