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The other imaging studies include positron emission tomography (PET) and somatostatin receptor Scintigraphy (SRS) which are nuclear studies used for detecting somatostatin receptor especially subtype 2 using radioisotopes of Gallium. The increased uptake of radioligands is suggestive of insulinoma. The metastasis also shows the increased uptake. The sensitivity of PET is increased by doing a CT scan coupled with PET scan. The sensitivity of SRS is 50 to 60% as insulinomas have less somatostatin subtype 2 receptor which is detected by the test.

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Positron emission tomography|Positron Emission Tomography

Insulinoma-PET Scan.;Case courtesy of Radswiki,, rID: 11670

Somatostatin receptor scintigraphy

Insulinoma-Octreoscan;Case courtesy of Radswiki,, rID: 11670

Findings on an SRS suggestive of insulinoma include:


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