A spect scan is a type of nuclear imaging test which means it uses a radioactive substance and a special camera to create 3 d pictures while imaging tests such as x rays can show what the structures inside your body look like a spect scan produces images that show how your organs work. Your doctor has ordered a brain spect scan the role of this procedure is to diagnose alzheimers and other neuro degenerative diseases stroke seizure and to evaluate memory loss. Single photon emission computed tomography spect or less commonly spet is a nuclear medicine tomographic imaging technique using gamma rays it is very similar to conventional nuclear medicine planar imaging using a gamma camera that is scintigraphy . Spect stands for single photon emission computed tomography it is a nuclear medicine procedure widely used to study heart liver thyroid bone and brain problems brain spect imaging is a proven reliable measure of cerebral blood flow. Brain spect imaging in complex psychiatric cases an evidence based underutilized tool over the past 20 years brain single photon emission computed tomography spect imaging has developed a substantial evidence based foundation and is now recommended by professional societies for numerous indications relevant to psychiatric
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