Frequently Asked Questions
CT and MRI scans provide detailed information on the anatomical structure of the brain. In order to fully evaluate a patient’s condition, information on the brain’s structure (anatomy) as well as its function (blood flow and metabolism) is often necessary. In many cases, the structure of the brain can be normal, while the function is abnormal. In many cases, a patient’s symptoms may persist even though MRI or simple CT scans are found to be “normal.” Brain SPECT imaging reveals the function of the brain by measuring blood flow. Consider this analogy: An MRI or CT take picture of your car’s engine and show you all of the parts (structure), but cannot give you information about how well the engine is running (functioning). Functional imaging, on the other hand, takes a picture of your car’s engine and tells you there is oil and gas running to the right places, in the correct amounts. Our brain scans provide important information about how your brain is functioning.
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Headaches are a common symptom of many neurological conditions. If you are currently undergoing treatment for headaches and feel it’s not working, something else may be at play. CereScan can help your physician rule in or rule out different brain-based conditions that may be causing headaches so you can treat the condition, not just the symptom.
A SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) brain scan is a nuclear medicine study that utilizes a radiopharmaceutical and sophisticated software to create images of actual brain function by identifying blood flow patterns throughout the brain. Because blood delivers oxygen and other nutrients to brain cells, it is an 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. CereScan’s high definition functional brain scans can accurately measure blood flow in up to 120 regions of the brain. A brain SPECT scan can assist your doctor in making a more accurate diagnosis.
Patients are advised to consult with their medical provider in order to obtain a written referral or order for a functional brain scan at CereScan®, as well as any needed post-scan treatment. CereScan® requires a physician or licensed medical provider to write a referral for all patients.
The study does not involve a contrast agent or dye, so allergic reactions are very rare. If one does occur, it usually involves only a mild, skin reaction such as a rash at the site of the intravenous injection. Please let the technologist know if you experience any unusual symptoms during or after the injection of the radioisotope.
Our Medical Imaging Team at CereScan® supports the national Image Gently campaign and its recommended Nuclear Medicine practices. The goal of Image Gently is to create awareness of the differential effects of radiation on a child versus an adult. We are committed to principle of image gently.
No two children are exactly alike. When answers are hard to find (for emotionally or behaviorally challenged children), CereScan® helps families find solutions. Our diagnostic imaging techniques can identify a variety of mental health conditions in complex cases. Together with our staff of medical experts, we help you and your child’s medical team discover the information needed to reach an accurate diagnosis and obtain the best treatment available.
We are one of the first “brain dedicated” clinics of its kind in the country where children, as well as adults, are given the highest level of care available. Children as young as six years old are able to receive a brain scan that can assist their pediatric medical professional in developing an accurate diagnosis and therefore, the best treatment plan for their condition. Our combination of industry leading experience and personal attention only begins to tell the story of why CereScan® helps so many children nationwide. From your first call to your last, we strive to provide you and your child with the help your family needs.
Functional brain imaging is not considered a stand-alone diagnostic tool. While there are varying levels of acceptance among the neurological and psychiatric conditions, the science and technology have been research for decades and there are hundreds of published research studies utilizing SPECT for the evaluation of the various conditions.
CereScan® is not a treatment facility. We do, however, help our patients understand the types of treatments and emerging therapies available based on their specific diagnostic information. There is no “one size fits all” treatment when it comes to dealing with brain injuries or brain disorders. Everyone at CereScan® will do their best to assist you with locating doctors and/or treatment facilities near you that may be able to help with your individual needs.
We are also always available to talk with your doctor about your personal diagnostic report. When you contact CereScan®, you will speak with one of our knowledgeable Patient Care Coordinators, not someone at a “call center”. Our patient care team will take the time to discuss your concerns, understand what you are hoping to learn from qSPECT® brain imaging, and guide you through the process.