Your brain is a very soft organ, about the consistency of tofu. This delicate piece of tissue is housed in a hard skull to protect it from injury, and most of the time, for most people in the world, this protection serves them well for life.
But there are over two million new brain injuries reported every year—and those are just the ones we know about. Many brain injuries, the ones in which the person does not lose consciousness, are never noticed, never reported, and therefore never treated. Even psychiatrists who treat people for brain-related issues are often unaware of brain injuries that may affect cognitive function, which may undermine the treatment they prescribe.
How Amen Clinics Can Help
Documenting brain injuries—including those in which the person stayed conscious—is essential to understanding a person’s brain health. Even minor brain injuries can have negative consequences for years to come. At Amen Clinics, we understand the impact brain injuries can have on a person’s life, and we conduct a full personal history before beginning any brain scans or treatment program.
SPECT imaging (which stands for single-photon emission computerized tomography) is a special kind of photograph we take of the brain to help us better understand how it works and what is going on inside of it. SPECT can specifically help people with brain trauma by:
- Helping identify if there has been brain trauma
- Showing deficits not visible in anatomical studies
- Identifying affected systems
- Helping determine if treatment is working correctly
- Helping determine if there could be co-occurring conditions that need treatment
- Increasing treatment compliance by showing pictures of results
- Providing scientific documentation that may help with special services or legal issues
- Helping people gain a better understanding of their brain through visuals
Please note that SPECT imaging cannot provide the date of a brain injury.
Dr. Amen’s own SPECT scans look healthier than they did 20 years ago. But he’s not the only person who has benefited from a healthy brain program—there is no shortage of people who have seen dramatic results.
Learn more about SPECT
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Mike came to us after having suffered a brain injury at work. He had fallen off a roof, hitting the left side of his head. SPECT imaging confirmed what Mike and Dr. Amen suspected: significant trauma to the left side of his brain. The trauma affected the way he thought, felt, and behaved.
Mike was placed on a healthy brain treatment program that helped heal his brain, and follow-up SPECT scans showed improved overall activity. While he was happy to have his brain back, in some ways, it was too late—his wife divorced him because, between the time he injured his brain and the time he began receiving treatment, his personality had changed, and she was afraid of him.
At Amen Clinics, we want to help you heal brain injuries before they affect your life. Call us today at 1-888-564-2700 or tell us more to schedule an appointment.