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 inside your body look like, a SPECT scan creates images that show how the organs work. Doctors can see real-time pictures of blood flow and activity in the brain, identifying which areas are working normally and which are underactive or overactive.
Psychiatrists use brain SPECT imaging to study the brain for things they may have otherwise missed. This allows them to make more accurate diagnoses and create a more effective treatment plan for the patients. It has been proven to be highly effective in complex cases and cases resistant to treatment.