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Quantitative Erythrocyte Omega-3 EPA Plus DHA Levels are Related to Higher Regional Cerebral Blood Flow on Brain SPECT

Abstract Background: The interrelationships between omega-3 fatty acids status, brain perfusion, and cognition are not well understood. Objective: To evaluate if SPECT brain imaging of cerebral perfusion and cognition varies as a function of omega-3 fatty acid levels. Methods: A random sample of 166 study participants was drawn from a psychiatric referral clinical for which […]

Perfusion Neuroimaging Abnormalities Alone Distinguish National Football League Players from a Healthy Population

Abstract.  Background: National Football League (NFL) players are exposed to multiple head collisions during their careers. Increasing awareness of the adverse long-term effects of repetitive head trauma has raised substantial concern among players, medical professionals, and the general public. Objective: To determine whether low perfusion in specific brain regions on neuroimaging can accurately separate professional […]

Reversible Changes of Brain Perfusion SPECT for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning-Induced Severe Akinetic Mutism.

PURPOSE: This study aimed to characterize changes in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in patients who experienced carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and subsequently developed severe delayed neuropsychiatric sequelae (DNS) with akinetic mutism. We determined whether these changes were reversible in parallel with improvements in neuropsychological function in response to treatment, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy. METHODS: […]

Regional Cerebral Blood Flow during Wakeful Rest in Older Subjects with Mild to Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate changes in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) during wakeful rest in older subjects with mild to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and healthy controls, and to identify markers of OSA severity that predict altered rCBF. DESIGN: High-resolution (99m)Tc-HMPAO SPECT imaging during wakeful rest. SETTING: Research sleep laboratory affiliated with a University hospital. […]

Posterior hippocampal regional cerebral blood flow predicts abstinence: a replication study.

The posterior hippocampus (pHp) plays a major role in the processing and storage of drug-related cues and is linked to striatal-limbic brain circuits involved with craving and drug salience. We have recently reported that increased basal regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in a pHp loci, as measured by pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling magnetic resonance imaging, […]

Early brain perfusion improvement after ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery in patients with idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus evaluated by 99mTc-HMPAO SPECT – preliminary report

BACKGROUND: Idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) is a clinical syndrome that consists of the triad: gait disturbance, mental deterioration and urinary incontinence associated with normal cerebrospinal fluid pressure (CSF), without pre-existing abnormalities. The most popular treatment option is surgical implantation of a shunt. Brain perfusion increase occurring months or years after successful shunt surgery is […]

Atomoxetine administration combined with intensive speech therapy for post-stroke aphasia: Evaluation using a novel SPECT method

OBJECTIVES: We clarified the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of atomoxetine administration combined with intensive speech therapy (ST) for patients with post-stroke aphasia. In addition, we investigated the effect of atomoxetine treatment on neural activity of surrounding lesioned brain areas. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four adult patients with motor-dominant aphasia and a history of left hemispheric stroke […]

Relationship between white matter lesions and regional cerebral blood flow changes during longitudinal follow up in Alzheimer’s disease

AIM: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the relationship between baseline white matter lesions (WML) and changes in regional cerebral blood flow during longitudinal follow up of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). METHODS: A total of 38 patients with AD were included in the study (16 men, 22 women; mean age 77.8 […]

The diagnostic utility of 99mTc-HMPAO SPECT imaging: a retrospective case series from a tertiary referral early-onset cognitive disorders clinic

BACKGROUND/AIMS: Patients with early-onset dementia (EOD) often present atypically, making an accurate diagnosis difficult. Single-photon emission-computed tomography (SPECT) provides an indirect measure of cerebral metabolic activity and can help to differentiate between dementia subtypes. This study aims to investigate the clinical utility of SPECT imaging in the diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. METHODS: All patients […]

Identification of diabetes-related dementia: Longitudinal perfusion SPECT and amyloid PET studies

AIMS: We attempted to identify a dementia subgroup with characteristics associated with diabetes mellitus (DM)-related metabolic abnormalities, referred to as diabetes-related dementia, using longitudinal single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and Pittsburgh compound-B (PiB) positron emission tomography (PET). METHODS: We classified 175 patients with clinically diagnosed Alzheimer disease (AD) and DM into 4 subgroups based […]

Determinants of brain SPECT perfusion and connectivity in treatment-resistant depression

This study aims to characterize and compare functional brain single photon emission tomography (SPECT) perfusion and connectivity in treatment-resistant depression (TRD) according to distinct demographic or clinical profiles (male vs. female; old vs. young; unipolar vs. bipolar) and to study their relationship to the severity and the duration of episode/illness. We retrospectively included 127 consecutive […]

Hot water epilepsy: Phenotype and single photon emission computed tomography observations

We studied the anatomical correlates of reflex hot water epilepsy (HWE) using multimodality investigations viz. magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Five men (mean age: 27.0 ΁ 5.8 years) with HWE were subjected to MRI of brain, video-EEG studies, and SPECT scan. These were correlated with phenotypic presentations. […]