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Mental health disorders affect over 792 million people around the world, and a leading cause for disability. Mental health disorders include a plethora of conditions that affect mood, thinking and behavior, including but not limited to, depression, dementia, anxiety, autism, and schizophrenia. The most common method of diagnosis is a psychological evaluation, which can lack accuracy if performed as the only method of diagnosis. Nuclear Medicine helps aid in diagnosis of these disorders in conjunction with psychological testing. Brain scans can help determine if there is a pathogenic cause for the symptoms. Brain scans are done utilizing Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans and Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT) scans. Advancements in these studies allow Nuclear Medicine to better aid in diagnosis and treatments of this wide range of disorders.

Keywords: Nuclear Medicine, PET, SPECT, mental illness, diagnose, treatment, mental health.

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nuclear medicine, PET, SPECT, mental illness, diagnose, treatment, mental health


Medicine and Health Sciences | Radiation Medicine | Radiology

The Use of Nuclear Medicine in Detecting and Treating Mental Health Diseases



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