When is a bone scan used to diagnose islet cell tumors?

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Bone scans are used if a doctor wants to see if islet cell tumors have spread to nearby bone. During the test, a small amount of radioactive material is injected into a vein. The radioactive material builds up in areas of the bone where cellular activity is very high, such as in a tumor. A special camera is then used to take pictures of the body. Areas where the radioactive material has built up will show up as dark spots in the pictures, indicating a possible tumor.

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