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J Psychiatr Pract. 2008 Sep;14(5):318-23. doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000336760.88178.e5.

Review of two years of experiences with SPECT among psychiatric patients in a rural hospital setting.

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Geneva Medical Imaging, Inc., Geneva, WI, USA.


We summarize single proton emission computed tomography (SPECT) findings from 63 psychiatric patients in a small rural hospital in western Minnesota. SPECT scans were ordered only for patients in whom documentation of hypoperfusion and functional deficits might be helpful in clarifying diagnoses and treatment planning. The patients referred for SPECT scans had histories of traumatic brain injuries, atypical psychiatric symptom presentations, or conditions that were refractory to standard treatments. In the context of strict referral guidelines and close psychiatrist-radiologist collaboration, a much higher yield of significant findings was obtained compared with those noted in other reports in the literature.

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