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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


somatostatin receptor scintigraphy  listen  (SOH-muh-toh-STA-tin reh-SEP-ter sin-TIH-gruh-fee)

  A type of radionuclide scan used to find carcinoid and other types of tumors. Radioactive octreotide, a drug similar to somatostatin, is injected into a vein and travels through the bloodstream. The radioactive octreotide attaches to tumor cells that have receptors for somatostatin. A radiation-measuring device detects the radioactive octreotide, and makes pictures showing where the tumor cells are in the body. Also called octreotide scan and SRS.