Do I need to be off medication before the study? This question must be answered individually between you and your doctor. If the study is done while on medication, let the technician know, so that when the study is read it will include that information in the interpretation of the scan. In general, we recommend clients try to be off stimulants, sedatives, sleep medications and cough/cold medicines at least four days before the first scan and remain off of them until after the second scan. Medications such as Prozac (which lasts in the body 4-6 weeks) are generally not stopped because of practicality. AGAIN, check with your specific doctor for recommendations.

What should I do the day of the scan? On the day of the scan, decrease or eliminate your caffeine intake and try not to take cold medication or aspirin (if you do, please write this on the intake form). Eat as you normally would and try to drink plenty of water..

Are there any side effects or risks to the study? The study does not involve a dye and people do not have allergic reactions to the study. The possibility exists, although in a very small percentage of clients, of a mild rash, facial redness or edema, fever or a transient increase in the blood pressure. The amount of radiation exposure from one brain SPECT is approximately the same as one abdominal x-ray. Rarely, clients have reported green urine after the study for a day or two.

Are there alternatives to having a SPECT study? In our opinion, SPECT is the most clinically useful study of brain function. There are other studies, such as electroencephalograms (EEG’s), Positive Emission Tomography (PET) studies and functional MRI’s (fMRI).

Do I have to have the SPECT study performed at Mind Matters Clinic of Texas? No. SPECT studies may be performed at other clinics. The client may choose any other facility for this study or any other study or service recommended by our clinic. There are several clinics in this country that are performing quality SPECT scans in an outpatient setting. We will be glad to give you information on those facilities.

Does insurance cover the cost of SPECT studies? Reimbursement by insurance companies varies according to your plan. It is often a good idea to check with the insurance company ahead of time to see if it is a covered benefit.

Can my family members get a discount? Yes, we offer a 10% family discount. Once one family member has completed a SPECT Imaging study each additional family member who schedules an appointment for a study receives the family discount.

Is the use of Brain SPECT Imaging accepted in the medical and mental health community? Brain SPECT studies are widely recognized as an effective tool for evaluating brain function in seizures, brain trauma, dementia and strokes. There are literally hundreds of research articles on these topics. Unfortunately, many practitioners today are unfamiliar with, or do not fully understand the application of SPECT imaging. There are hundreds of physicians and/or clinicians using SPECT Imaging technology in the United States who refer their clients for SPECT images.

Where can I find more information about Brain SPECT Imaging? Brainplace.com has over 2,000 scientific articles and abstracts on brain imaging. New studies are continually added as they become available.