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NUCLEAR IMAGING :  


 

Fibromyalgia : bilateral hypoperfusion of the thalamus and head of the caudate nucleus in ten women with fibromyalgia as compared to seven age and education-matched controls
 
Mild Brain Injury: SPECT was able to detect significant hypoperfusion in the frontal lobes of adults


Alzheimer's Disease: A pattern of bilateral temporoparietal  hypometabolism on SPECT has been shown to have high specificity for AD and may be useful in confirming its diagnosis


ADHD: Brain regions in which this lower activity was observed were the right frontal premotor cortex and right temporal cortex

 

Psychosis: SPECT scans suggests that frontal or parietal cerebral perfusion abnormalities

Sleep Disorder: decreased activity in prefrontal cortex that results from inefficient sleep


Epilepsy: SPECT is extremely useful in the localization of hot spot in the temporal region of Brain.

 

 

Single Photon Emission Tomogram (SPECT)  by itself is not a diagnostic confirmation test for any identifiable mental illness. It however aids and assists in treatment planing. There are few controversy surrounding BRAIN SPECT Imaging however there are other newer treatment modality that are also not included in evidence based medical treatment. Whenever a Brain SPECt Imaging is confirmed as abnormal it means that there is disturbances in brain diffusion or perfusion in that selected area or areas of the brain and thence they can be correlated with that area of the brain related behavioral and neurological changes. Indirectly it helps with treatment monitoring and planning treatment adjustments.