As our understanding of brain based disorders has increased greatly over the last few decades, many individual medical professionals have been challenged by the overwhelming amount of new diagnostic information available, and how it may affect their ability to effectively treat their patients. While most medical practitioners require objective diagnostic testing when trying to understand the intricacies of their patient’s potential medical problems; psychiatrists and neurologists continue to primarily use subjective diagnostic criteria, such as clinical observation and symptom clusters, from which to work. Many practitioners, however, are seeking a more accurate and objective method to diagnosis which is why they have begun utilizing functional brain imaging. We strive to provide your treating physician with an in-depth “road map” of the inner workings of the brain. This in turn gives your treating physician the ability to provide you with the most targeted treatment possible.
Your brain affects everything you do: how you think, how you feel and how you act. When your brain doesn’t work right, you don’t work right. But how can we know how your brain is functioning unless we look?
Brain SPECT imaging works by evaluating blood flow in the brain. Because blood delivers oxygen and other nutrients to brain cells, it is a very important measure of brain function. Too much blood flow or too little blood flow in given areas of the brain may be indicative of specific disorders. Our imaging process allow us to evaluate which areas of your brain work well, areas which work too hard, and areas which do not work hard enough.
For most of our patients "seeing" the areas of the brain that are contributing to their symptoms gives them a better understanding about their condition(s) and increases their motivation to comply with treatment.
CereScan's high definition brain images can precisely measure blood flow in up to 140 regions of the brain. Brain disorders that SPECT imaging can help diagnose include: ADD/ADHD, Alzheimer's disease, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, frontotemporal dementia, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), toxic brain injury and Parkinson’s disease.
No matter what your brain based concerns are, our staff and physicians are dedicated to help you feel better. If you have questions, would like to learn more or schedule an appointment, please call us at 866-722-4806 or complete our contact us form.