SPECT scans can help identify and aid in the treatment of many disorders. Essentially these brain scans take a snapshot of brain activity that can then provide insight on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), including sports-related concussions and acquired the brain injury, stroke, drug addictions, near-drowning and neurotoxic factors. SPECT imaging is also valuable for identifying dementia types, PTSD, ADHD/ADD, anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, and executive dysfunction.
A brain SPECT scan is right for if you are experiencing any of the following problems:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders, PDD NOS
- Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussions (mild TBI), (sport or accident related)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Hazardous or toxic substances (e.g., carbon monoxide, chemicals, and substance abuse)
- Seizure disorder
- Depression, Unipolar vs. Bipolar
- Anxiety, PTSD, OCD
- Anoxic/Hypoxic brain injuries
- Infectious disease (chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease, etc.)
- Treatment follow-up: Hyperbaric Oxygen, Stem Cell, medications
More info about 3D SPECT imaging
SPECT Scanning, or single photon emission computed tomography, is a medical imaging test that uses gamma radiation to x-ray a patient’s brain. What is different about this type of x-ray is that it allows doctors to study how a patient’s blood flows throughout the veins and arteries of their brain. The scan combines the use of two different technologies in order for the brain to be viewed like this. They are a standard x-ray computed tomography scanner and a radioactive tracer, which is how the blood flow is studied. This tracer, also called a radionuclide, is injected into the patient and allows the brain to discharge gamma rays that the CT scanner will detect. Then the computer collects the information from the gamma rays and forms a 3 Dimensional visual of the brain on the computer screen. This is where visuals of the blood flow within the brain are studied by doctors. The scan is performed by one of our technologist in nuclear medicine that is specially trained for these kinds of scans.
Our SPECT Scanning service is a valuable anytime you have a health issue related to your brain. If you suffered some type of brain injury then a SPECT scan will help to show where the blood flow is reduced in your brain. This will tell our doctors which parts of the brain are injured and need repair.