Brain SPECT Imaging in Complex Psychiatric Cases: An Evidence-Based, Underutilized Tool

Open Neuroimag J. 2011;5:40-8. doi: 10.2174/1874440001105010040. Epub 2011 Jul 28.


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 practice. Unfortunately, SPECT in clinical practice is utilized by only a handful of clinicians. This article presents a rationale for a more widespread use of SPECT in clinical practice for complex cases, and includes seven clinical applications where it may help optimize patient care.

Keywords: Brain SPECT; brain trauma; complex cases.; dementia; evidence based; toxicity.