It is often said that starting with Thanksgiving, the holiday season is a perfect time for personal reflection. Despite all of the hustle and bustle that comes with the holidays, taking the time to reflect on things that are "good in life" seems very appropriate this particular year.
A recent article in the New York Times highlighted and brought to the forefront America's obession with a quick fix using overmedication in an irresponsible fashion. This time it centers around children. Low income children who are struggling in school and are therefore being treated by doctors who are willing to prescribe them medication, in many cases without a diagnosis, for the sake of helping young children improve their greades and focus in school.
The New York Times recently published an op-ed column titled "War Wounds". The column tells the story of Major Ben Richards and his struggles with a Traumatic Brain Injury he sustained while fighting in Iraq. Before his injury Major Richards had radiant reviews from his peers, he was a professor at West Point and he had an I.Q. of 148. Upon his return from service, he has had constant headaches, he suffers from insomnia and fainting spells and his relationship with his family is deteriorating.
Recently, one of CereScan's consulting physicians, Dr. Theodore Henderson, co-authored a paper published in The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, titled "Specific Ways Brain SPECT Imaging Enhances Clinical Psychiatric Practice". The paper discusses a few case studies that were carried out by doctors around the United States in order to learn more about how SPECT brain imaging can aid in enhancing patient care by giving doctors more accurate information about an individual's brain function.
The Rocky Mountain Region’s first DaTscan Imaging Center of Excellence, CereScan, is helping movement disorders doctors differentiate Essential Tremor from Parkinsonian Syndromes. Using DaTscan, CereScan provides doctors with imaging results that substantiate or negate the existence of Parkinsonian Syndromes in their patients.
This past week, Medscape posted an interesting article about a study which examines brain function in children with ADHD. Dr. Li and colleagues used functional brain imaging to look at the brains of adolescents who have been diagnosed with ADHD. The study, performed on 20 children diagnosed with ADHD and 15 children with no clinical diagnosis, found that brain function plays a larger role in the disorder than previously thought. The article cites Carol Rumack, MD, from the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine in Denver explaining how “pediatricians and pediatric radiologists worry that too many children are being labeled with ADHD and being given methylphenidate and other drugs, when in fact, they might not have ADHD at all.” Since some of the symptoms of ADHD mimic those found in other disorders, it is important to be certain about a diagnosis before a medication, such as a stimulant, is recommended. CereScan uses SPECT Brain Imaging as a tool to examine the functional properties of the brain. This can help with a more accurate diagnosis of ADHD in children and adults. Medscape’s article is a great read, the link is posted below. If you would like to learn more about CereScan and SPECT Brain Imaging visit our website at www.cerescanimaging.com
Brain Function Disturbed in Kids With ADHD – Fran Lowry
The Psychiatric Times recently published an article discussing problems of overdiagnosis and overprescribing medications in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is an interesting review of what is known about the diagnosis of ADHD in children and adolescents as well as the prevalence of stimulant prescribing rates in children in the US.
Interestingly, the Wall Street Journal also posted an article exploring the topic of ADHD. This article looks into how brain structure and function play a role in causing ADHD in children. With the help of functional brain imaging, scientists identified one of the areas of the brain that may be causing inattention symptoms in children who may have ADHD.
SPECT Brain Imaging has been proven to assist physicians in identifying the presence and absence of ADHD in children and adults. CereScan uses SPECT Brain Imaging as an objective tool to help with the diagnosis of ADHD as well as to differentiate it from other disorders with similar symptoms. Below are links to the articles published by the Psychiatric Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Scientists Probe Role of Brain in ADHD Cases – Wall Street Journal
Problems of Overdiagnosis and Overprescribing in ADHD – Psychiatric Times
CereScan is one of the country’s leading providers of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) brain imaging for patients and physicians. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, CereScan is at the forefront of the emerging use of SPECT brain imaging to help diagnose a wide variety of brain disorders. CereScan’s main clinic is in Denver, Colorado, and they intend to open several more clinics across the country, utilizing telemedicine to send the data and the scans to the experts in Denver. Each individual scan will be read and interpreted, and then returned to the patient and the referring physician for final diagnosis and development of individualized treatment plans.
CereScan utilizes state-of-the-art gamma camera technology, high-definition imaging software, and a proprietary process to produce comprehensive medical reports including high resolution images of brain function and physiology. CereScan’s reports and images are used by physicians to assist with the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of functional brain disorders. Attorneys and workers compensation administrators utilize our services to assist them in adjudicating their brain injury cases.
The benefits of CereScan’s proprietary imaging process include very high definition brain scans, short imaging acquisition time, and convenient access to CereScan’s centers. CereScan employs specially trained physicians, including board-certified nuclear medicine physicians, experienced in the interpretation of functional brain SPECT scans. For more information be sure to visit us at our website!