mIBG and octreotide studies

These are tests that assist with the diagnosis and treatment planning for certain types of abdominal disease. You can eat and drink normally for either test. Some medications may need to be stopped, so you should provide a prescription list. For females of child bearing age, the Octreotide study should be carried out during the first 10 days of the menstrual cycle.

For either test, you will be given an injection of a small amount of radioactivity. In addition medicine (in the form of tablets) may be given to prevent the uptake of radioactivity in the thyroid or to clear the the bowels more quickly. Images may be taken on the gamma camera for up to two hours over two to three days. The images are taken while you are lying down on a special couch, there is no need to undress.

After each day's set of images are completed, the technologist will check them and you will be able to go home. We will not be able to give out the result immmediately, but a written report will be sent to the referring doctor. There are no side effects from the test.