What to Expect
Prior to your qSPECT scan, you will be give specific instructions by your provider.
How a qSPECT Brain Image is Performed
A qSPECT brain image requires a small amount of radioactive material called a tracer, which is given through a vein in the arm. This tracer travels through your blood stream and is absorbed by the brain and your body. The absorption process usually takes about 20 minutes or more.
After the tracer is absorbed, you will be escorted into the scanning room where you will lie on a table which slides into the SPECT machine. The SPECT machine detects signals from the radioactive tracer and a computer changes these signals into a 3-D picture that are evaluated by a highly trained radiologist. CereScan scanners give the best image quality available today and utilize an open, non-claustrophobic design for your comfort. A typical qSPECT brain image scan takes 20 minutes or more.
After a qSPECT Brain Image
Our reading physicians have extensive training in functional brain imaging and are specifically trained to read SPECT brain images. Our senior reading physician and Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Gregory Hipskind, is a certified Nuclear Neurologist and has personally read over 4,000 brain images. Our team of reading doctors includes neuroradiologists, neurologists, and psychiatrists. SPECT imaging reports are delivered to your referring physician within 24 to 48 hours.