What is a SPECT Brain Scan?
SPECT stands for Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography. It gives us images similar to those we get through a CT or MRI. It produces a three-dimensional image of the body part being examined.
We add SPECT imaging when we need information we can’t get through routine Nuclear Medicine images.
What should you do prior to the exam?
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 will add 30 to 60 minutes to your child’s Nuclear Medicine procedure. Sedation may be required due to the added time.