CereScan is one of the country’s leading providers of SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) brain imaging for patients and physicians.
Unlike an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or a CT (Computed Tomography) scan, which provides information about structural (anatomical) abnormalities in the brain, a SPECT scan provides information about how your brain is working.
This is a very important distinction. In many cases the brain’s structure may be normal, while the functioning is abnormal. How is a treating physician supposed to accurately know what is not working properly in your brain without looking?
This comprehensive brain study takes approximately two and one-half hours to complete for each scan. An intravenous (IV) line is placed and radiopharmaceutical is injected, both critical components toward creating a “snapshot” of the brain. A quiet specialized camera rotates around the person to acquire the images.