The authors report their experience on the use of 111In-DTPA-octreotide scintigraphy in the diagnosis of neuroendocrine carcinomas of the lung. The studies were performed both preoperatively, to obtain a correct staging of the tumor, or postoperatively, because of the suspicion of a recurrence or distant metastases. The main findings were: high sensitivity in localizing the tumor and its recurrences or metastases and high predictive value for responsiveness to 'cold' octreotide therapy.
Neuroendocrine carcinomas of the lung and role of 111In-DTPA-octreotide scintigraphy: preliminary results / Oliaro, Alberto; Filosso, Pier Luigi; Bello, M; Casadio, C; Muni, A; Greco, B; Bertuccio, G; Bisi, Gianni; Maggi, G.. - In: JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY. - ISSN 0021-9509. - 37:6(1996), pp. 653-656.