QSPECT (quantitative single-photon emission computed tomography) is a type of nuclear imaging test that uses a radioactive substance and a special camera to create 3D pictures of the brain.
This imaging measures blood flow levels throughout 120 regions of the brain to pinpoint areas of abnormality and help doctors differentiate between complex brain disorders. Blood Testing is used in conjunction with brain scans to give a comprehensive view of each individuals unique internal chemistry.
As the nation’s leader in functional brain imaging QSPECT, CereScan’s technology can see what traditional imaging like MRI often misses.
By looking at how the brain functions through QSPECT brain imaging, CereScan helps provide new information so you can receive a more targeted treatment plan.
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 bloodstream 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.