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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


metaiodobenzylguanidine scan  listen  (meh-tuh-I-oh-doh-BEN-zul-GWAH-nih-deen skan)

  A procedure used to find neuroendocrine tumors, such as neuroblastomas and pheochromocytomas. A small amount of a substance called radioactive metaiodobenzylguanidine is injected into a vein and travels through the bloodstream. Neuroendocrine tumor cells take up the radioactive metaiodobenzylguanidine and are detected by a scanner. Also called iobenguane scan and MIBG scan.