A single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) scan is an imaging test which allows your physician to analyze the functions of some of the internal organs of your body. It’s a type of nuclear imaging test, which means it uses a radioactive material and a special camera to create 3-D pictures.

Imaging tests like X-rays can show what the structure inside the body look like, while a SPECT scan generates images that show how your organs work. For example, A SPECT imaging can show how blood flows to the heart or what areas of the brain are more active or less active.

We at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging have a state-of-the-art SPECT imaging center equipped with maximum medical tools and technologies, used in the imaging procedure. We have a team of qualified radiologists, who diagnose you in a caring and compassionate environment.

Why it’s done?

Common uses of SPECT are to help diagnose or monitor brain diseases, heart problems and bone diseases.

Brain Disorders

SPECT can be helpful in determining the parts of the brain which are affected by:

Clogged blood vessels
Head injuries

Heart problems

Since the radioactive tracer highlights areas of blood flow, SPECT can check for:

Reduced pumping efficiency: SPECT can show how completely the heart chambers empty during contractions.
Clogged coronary arteries: In case the arteries that feed the heart muscle become clogged or narrowed, the portions of t he heart muscle served by these arteries can become damaged or even die.

Bone diseases

SPECT is being often used to help diagnose hidden bone fractures, because areas of bone healing or cancer progression commonly lights up on this type of test. SPECT can also diagnose and detect the progression of cancer that has spread to the bones.