Now the difference between PTSD (post traumatic stress syndrome) and physical brain injury can be monitored* as well as visualized on a SPECT scanning image.

It takes only 15 minutes to monitor the brain with a modern SPECT scanner. SPECT stands for single photon emission computed tomography and is an atomar scanning used to monitor local blood flod in local areas of brain after injection of a tracer. SPECT scan is more precise than MRI scans or CT scans and able to catch smaller injuries than the regular MRI scans/CT scans.

With SPECT scan in this study performed with tracer injected first at rest and another one under active brainwork during a concentration task, why it categorizes as a functional SPECT scans, reflecting brains local activity.

Diffentiating physical and emotional trauma via a brain scan, send the group of scientists on DISCOVERs TOP100 of inventions in 2016, and highest placed news from the medical world.

The pioneering work and the clinical study is a collaboration between leading brain scientist from UCLA Dr. Raji and Dr Amen (foto), Amen Clinics.

*With 92 % sensitivity, 85 % specificity, and 94 % accuracy

Source: Raji et al 2017, abstracts: Link PubMed
Full paper with photos (open source): Full paper

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