pictures are powerful...
A SPECT SCAN:
Allows patients to see a physical representation of their problems that is
that is accurate and reliable and helps to increase compliance. It can influence a patient's
willingness and ability to accept and adhere to the treatment program. They can better
understand that not treating anxiety, depression, rage, ADD, etc. is similar to not wearing
the correct prescription glasses.
Helps to develop a deeper understanding of the problem,resulting in
less shame, guilt, stigma, and self-loathing. This can promote self-forgiveness, which is
often the first step in healing. Patients can see that their problems are, at least in part,
medical and physical.
Helps families understand when problems such as permanent brain
damage from an injury will not get better, so that they can better accept the
condition and plan accordingly.
Shows substance abusers the damage they have done to their brains
(thus confronting their denial), provides them with motivation in treatment to improve
their brains, and supports perseverance in their sobriety.
Shows patients how treatments have impacted brain function.
(improved or worsened)
Helps motivate abusive or unstable spouses to follow
medication protocols by showing that there are physical abnormalities
contributing to their problems.
Allows patients to understand why specific treatments are indicated,
which medication are likely to be most helpful, and what other interventions may be
Can help take modern psychopharmacology
from mystery and unknown
consequences to more predictable outcomes.
Is useful for cancer patients suffering with a chemotherapy
toxic brain. It gives them insight into their cognitive struggles and also helps their
doctors see the neurophysiologic and emotional effects of having cancer and its
treatment, while guiding strategies for help and possible rehabilitation.