SPECT scan or PAT scan

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hope_29
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   Posted 10/7/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I went to my family doctor and I asked a Spect scan.

She told she can send me only to PAT scan.

She never heard about Spect Scan and told me she thinks these are the same.

But I'm not sure :(

Could somebody tell me what is the difference between these 2 and is PAT Scan good for checking brain fuction and lyme damage?
have lyme since 2004


hope_29
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   Posted 10/7/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry,

it's PET and not PAT
have lyme since 2004


Dowa
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   Posted 10/7/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
A spect scan shows "movement" as in blood flow etc. A pet scan is just like x-raying your entire body. If you are looking for neuro-problems you want a Spect scan. Often neurologists will know where to send you to have it done, if she cannot help you.

hope_29
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   Posted 10/7/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Dowa,
Thank you for the answer:)
have lyme since 2004


saxmar
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   Posted 10/8/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
hope-_29

On the East Coast I know they do SPECT scans at Columbia or Presbyterian hospital in New York. I had my SPECT scan done at West Chester Hospital in West Chester, Pa. which is outside of Phila.

It is important that the radiologist who reads the SPECT scan knows how to read the scan when Neuroborelliosis is suspected.

Much to my surprise my insurance paid for the scan.

Google: SPECT scan Lyme Disease, you will get some good info

saxmar
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