What is the role of angiography, PET scanning and scintigraphy in the diagnosis of carcinoid tumors?

Updated: Feb 12, 2019
  • Author: Cameron K Tebbi, MD; Chief Editor: Max J Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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With advances in imaging studies, angiography is rarely used and is reserved for equivocal situations.

PET scanning can be helpful and is increasingly used for diagnosis and follow-up of the tumors.

Scintigraphy with MIBG and octreotide scanning have been used to successfully detect carcinoid tumors. [80] Octreotide scanning appears to be more sensitive than MIBG imaging.


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