During a DOTATATE PET/CT scan, a special dye is injected into the body that helps to identify neuroendocrine cancer cells. The dye will show up as bright spots on the scan, indicating the location of the cancer cells. This helps doctors to see the size and location of the tumor, which can be important when planning treatment.
DOTATATE PET/CT scans can also help doctors monitor the effectiveness of cancer treatments. By comparing scans taken before and after treatment, doctors can see if the treatment is working to shrink the tumor or kill the cancer cells.