At CereScan, we perform two brain scans on our patients two days apart. One scan assesses brain function during concentration, while the other gauges brain function at rest. This is important because there are certain areas of the brain that may appear to be functioning normally at rest whereas deficits may appear once the brain is activated. Each brain scan appointment will take about two-and-half hours.
At the beginning of each imaging appointment, a technician places an intravenous (IV) line. During the concentration study, you perform a computer task. A safe amount of a radiopharmaceutical will be injected through your IV about five minutes into the task. This will create a "snapshot" of your brain activity during concentration.
After a 45-minute waiting period, you will be scanned. Our cameras offer an open, non-claustrophobic configuration for your comfort. You’ll simply lie down on a padded table and be positioned between the two camera detectors, which will image your brain. The camera will rotate around your head and shoulders but will not touch you.
You will need to remain motionless (blinking and swallowing are fine) for approximately 30 minutes, while the camera is imaging your brain. The camera is relatively quiet unlike an MRI and many other imaging modalities.
¨For the “resting” study, the process is almost the same as the concentration scan except instead of doing a computer task during the injection period; you will sit quietly in a comfortable chair for about 25 minutes. When your scans are complete, our expert reading physicians will review the images and generate a report. One of our clinicians can share those results with you in person at our office, via web conference or by conference call during a one hour educational review session. Your detailed imaging report will be sent to your referring or treating doctors and they will be invited to schedule a doctor to doctor consult with one of our brain experts regarding the treatment implications of your SPECT imaging report.
Our superior process, combined with our warm, patient centered focus of care enables CereScan to provide patients with the highest level of care found anywhere in the country. 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.