Posts Tagged 'Brain SPECT'

Traumatic Brain Injury and SPECT scans

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With an estimated 1.5 million traumatic brain injuries occurring in the United States every year, there is a great need for resources to diagnose and treat the injuries. Since early diagnosis and evaluation can greatly improve the treatment process, getting a brain SPECT scan after the injury occurs can be very beneficial.

Brain SPECT imaging is different from MRI or CT scans. SPECT scans measure blood flow and activity patterns, allowing the doctor to see which areas of the brain ...

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The Importance of Brain SPECT Imaging

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If you’ve been researching mental health issues, you may have heard the term brain SPECT imaging. Brain SPECT imaging (SPECT stands for Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) is a sophisticated nuclear medicine study that produces clear, real-time pictures of blood flow and activity in the brain. A compound is injected into the patient’s blood stream, making its way to the brain where it emits pulses of energy that light up active areas.

While imaging tests such as X-rays show what structures ...

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Need a Dallas Psychiatrist With Neurology Knowledge?

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There’s a reason that board certification for both psychiatry and neurology is managed by a single organization (the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology). But the fact is that many psychiatrists have little experience or knowledge with neurology. It’s a specialty they simply don’t deal with as a part of their everyday practice. A doctor who isn’t able to look at the whole mind/brain picture may sometimes miss important clues to what is really going on with a patient. Fortunately, ...

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Brain SPECT Imaging

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SPECT stands for Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography. It is a nuclear medicine study that measures the cerebral blood flow and activity patterns of your brain. It utilizes a radiopharmaceutical to create images of actual brain function by identifying blood flow patterns throughout the brain. The study is performed by injecting a very small dose of a radioactively tagged compound (Ceretec) that is taken up by the brain. Once in the brain the Ceretec emits energy ...

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