SPECT Brain Scan
Enlarge+SPECT stands for Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography. It is a technique that provides images similar to those obtained by CT or MRI and can produce a 3-dimensional image of the body part being examined. SPECT imaging is often added to provide information that is not available on routine Nuclear Medicine images.
If the Nuclear Medicine study that your child is having requires SPECT imaging, it will be incorporated into your child's exam. There are no additional preparations for the SPECT imaging. Your child will remain on the exam table and the camera will rotate around the table while it takes pictures.
SPECT imaging adds 30-60 minutes to the time of the Nuclear Medicine procedure. Sedation may be required due to the added time.