CereScan® is one of the country’s leading providers of SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) brain imaging for patients and physicians. CereScan is a combination of SPECT with CereScan’s proprietary software system called CereMetrix®. This combination produces 3D images of the brain and measures blood flow level in up to 120 brain regions. 

CereScan also incorporates clinical assessment, cognitive and neuropsychology screening in the effort to identify the root cause of symptoms.

SPECT is a type of nuclear medicine imaging test that assists your doctor in analyzing the function of certain internal organs. Nuclear medicine is an imaging technology that involves the use of small amounts of radioactive materials (or tracers) to help diagnose and treat a variety of diseases.

Nuclear medicine determines the cause of the medical problem based on the function of the organ, tissue or bone. This test uses a small amount of radioactive material to emit photon energy. This energy is detected by a gamma camera which then captures and creates computerized images.

When would I get a CereScan?

In many cases, the brain’s structure may be normal, but the functioning is abnormal. Your physician, in determining the best course of treatment, needs to know what is not working properly, causing the abnormal function.

Your doctor may consider CereScan to be appropriate to confirm or rule out a diagnosis of:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Toxic Brain Injury

What Will I Experience?

A CereScan patient care coordinator will guide you through the pre-exam process. This coordinated care is centralized in Denver, CO. The actual SPECT imaging will be performed at the Capitol Imaging Services’ Diagnostic Imaging Services facility in Metairie, LA.

This comprehensive brain study consists of two scan appointments.

It is important to be fully hydrated before your scans. It is recommended that in the 24-hour period prior to each scan, adult patients drink 6-8 glasses (36-48 ounces) of non caffeinated fluids, and children consume 3-4 glasses (18-24 ounces) of non-caffeinated fluids. Please note that inadequate fluid consumption may prevent us from being able to perform the scan.

Do not eat or drink anything, except water, one hour prior to the scan.

You will lie on an examination table. A technologist will insert an intravenous (IV) catheter into a vein in your hand or arm.

When it is time for the imaging to begin, the camera or scanner will take a series of images. The camera may rotate around you or it may stay in one position and you may be asked to change positions in between images. While the camera is taking pictures, you will need to remain still for brief periods of time. In some cases, the camera may move very close to your body. This is necessary to obtain the best quality images. If you are claustrophobic, you should inform the technologist before your exam begins.

Each scan takes approximately two and one-half hours to complete.

These locations perform CereScan