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SPECT scans

Posted by BekkaH on May 4, 2003, at 17:32:56

In reply to Re: Study to look at brain changes from CBT Oddipus Rex, posted by Dinah on May 4, 2003, at 14:48:54

> > You know what I would love to do? And yes, I >know it's silly and probably completely lacking >in usefulness. But I'd love to go to the Amen >Clinic and get a SPECT scan. That's my dream. >Sniff. Sniff. Probably will never be reached, >but we all should have a dream, right?

You don't have to go to the Amen Clinic to have a SPECT scan. I had one in New York, 3,000 miles from the Amen Clinic. I can't imagine a major medical center in this day and age that doesn't have SPECT equipment.

Find an excellent neurologist or neuropsychiatrist, schedule an appointment, have a neurological exam, discuss your concerns, and see whether the SPECT is indicated. If it is, some doctors prefer that you stay off all medications for AT LEAST 4-6 weeks and, of course, you'd have to decide whether it is safe for you to do that.

SPECT scans and the desire to have one are not silly, and they can be useful; however, they are often done in conjunction with other diagnostic measures, like neuropsychological testing.




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