Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 126, Issue 2–4, pp 63–71 | Cite as

High sensitivity of the in vivo detection of somatostatin receptors by111Indium (DTPA-octreotide)-scintigraphy in meningioma patients

  • G. Hildebrandt
  • K. Scheidhauer
  • C. Luyken
  • H. Schicha
  • N. Klug
  • P. Dahms
  • B. Krisch
Clinical Articles


The recent availability of isotope-labelled somatostatin analogues has allowed one to detect somatostatin receptors in normal tissue as well as in endocrine or non-endocrine cranial tumours. The purpose of the present study was to establish the value of somatostatin receptor scintigraphy using an111Indium-labelled somatostatin analogue, octreotide, in the diagnostic work-up of meningioma patients.

Twenty-two patients (16 women, 6 men, aged from 19–70 years) with newly diagnosed, residual or recurrent cranial meningiomas were examined.111Indium-labelled DTPA-octreotide was injected i.V., Planar and tomographic images were obtained with a gamma camera 4–6, and 24 hours after injection. In all of the meningiomas studied a high density of somatostatin receptors was detected by scintigraphy. No false negative test result was found. Due to this, a 100% predictive value of a negative test was calculated. However, when the tumours were taken in culture differing staining intensity could be seen in the light- and electron microscopic level even on individual cells of a single culture when silver intensified somatostatin-gold was used as ligand.

We conclude, that in vivo somatostatin receptor scintigraphy may aid in the pre-operative differential diagnosis of skull base tumours.


Somatostatin receptor 111Indium-labelled somatostatin analogue scintigraphy meningioma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Hildebrandt
    • 1
  • K. Scheidhauer
    • 2
  • C. Luyken
    • 1
  • H. Schicha
    • 2
  • N. Klug
    • 1
  • P. Dahms
    • 3
  • B. Krisch
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of KölnKöln
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear MedicineUniversity of KölnKöln
  3. 3.Department of AnatomyUniversity of KielKielFederal Republic of Germany

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