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This study may not be suitable for pregnant women. The benefit versus risk should be discussed with the nuclear medicine specialist.
Women who are breastfeeding and people who are the primary or sole carer for small children may need to make special preparations after the test to stop breastfeeding for a short time and to avoid close contact with young children due to the small amount of radioactivity released for a while after the test. Patients should discuss this with their referring doctor or the nuclear medicine practice where they will have the test for details. See nuclear medicine for further information about the precautions to take with nuclear medicine studies for breastfeeding patients and those in close contact with children.
The doctor should contact the hospital or radiology practice and check bed limits if their patient is morbidly obese.
There are no adverse affects from an octreotide scan. The amount of radiation exposure is quite safe and should not result in any short or long term hazardous effects.
PET scan can often prove complementary. Benign slow growing tumours tend to be octreotide positive, whilst aggressive tumours tend to be PET positive. CT and MR imaging are also often complementary, but as these tumours can be slow growing they can escape detection with conventional imaging.
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