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Will a spect scan pick up Generalized epilepsy?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Might help: A 3-D SPECT scan is the poor man's equivalent of a PET, the former illustrating blood vessel flow patterns, and the latter, metabolic patterns. But we are dealing with anatomical variations secondary to a disorder, and with a paroxysmal process such as epilepsy, we are better off to use EEG monitoring to assess physiology. Can use ambulatory device over 24-48 hrs to seek conclusions.
Answered on May 23, 2016
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Dr. Olav Jaren
Dr. Olav Jaren commented
18 years experience in Neurology
The SPECT scan is still sometimes used for focal epilepsy determination.
Aug 12, 2014

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