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Will a spect scan pick up Generalized epilepsy?

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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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Olav Jaren
The SPECT scan is still sometimes used for focal epilepsy determination.
Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology
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In brief: SPECT SCAN

Wont pick up generalized Epilepsy unless a patient is having a seizure at the time of tracer uptake.
It would not likely inform as to the type of generalized epilepsy. The clinical history and the EEG are generally more useful for diagnosing the Generalized Epilepsies.

In brief: SPECT SCAN

Wont pick up generalized Epilepsy unless a patient is having a seizure at the time of tracer uptake.
It would not likely inform as to the type of generalized epilepsy. The clinical history and the EEG are generally more useful for diagnosing the Generalized Epilepsies.
Dr. Eric Weisman
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