Purpose: Somatostatin receptor scintigraphy (SRS) has been used to diagnose bronchial carcinoids (BC) and is a valuable tool for accurate staging of BC. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of SRS in restaging BC and following patients after treatment. Methods: Thirty-one patients (18 male, 13 female) with confirmed BC who were referred during the last 7 years were included. Patients were examined via chest radiograph (12 studies), chest or abdominal computed tomography (CT; 28 scans), chest magnetic resonance imaging (2 scans), and liver ultrasound (5 scans). Results: Overall, in 22 patients (71%), SRS confirmed the data obtained by other diagnostic procedures (16 negative and 6 positive findings). In 6 patients, SRS showed focal lesions not previously demonstrated. In 2 patients, SRS resolved uncertain findings of CT. In 1 patient, SRS showed fewer lesions compared with CT. In 8 of 31 patients, important diagnostic information obtained by SRS was not revealed by any other imaging procedure. Conclusion: Our results indicate that SRS is a reliable, noninvasive method that could be considered the principal follow-up procedure in patients with BC.
- Bronchial Carcinoid
- Somatostatin Receptor Scintigraphy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology