How Brain Imaging Changes Everything — Or Not

SPECT imaging measures the brain's healthy activity. How is this helpful in diagnosing and treating ADHD? Here, Dr. Amen explains how he uses brain imaging to pinpoint ADHD challenges — and solutions.

What Does Brain Imaging Tell Us?

SPECT imaging captures blood flow and activity in the brain to study brain function. It’s different from a CAT scan or an MRI, which are anatomy studies that investigate the brain's structure or how it physically looksSPECT looks at how the brain works. 

Think of a car engine. An MRI will show you what it looks like. A SPECT scan will show how it functions. SPECT basically tells us three things— healthy activity, too little or too much. 

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