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Current Radiopharmaceuticals
ISSN (Print): 1874-4710
ISSN (Online): 1874-4729
VOLUME: 7
ISSUE: 1
DOI: 10.2174/1874471007666140821152401









Hybrid SPECT/CT Imaging in Neurology

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Author(s): Andrea Ciarmiello, Elisabetta Giovannini, Martina Meniconi, Vincenzo Cuccurullo and Maria Chiara Gaeta
Pages 5-11 (7)
Abstract:
In recent years, the SPECT/CT hybrid modality has led to a rapid development of imaging techniques in nuclear medicine, opening new perspectives for imaging staff and patients as well. However, while, the clinical role of positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) is well consolidated, the diffusion and the consequent value of single-photon emission tomography-computed tomography (SPECT-CT) has yet to be weighed, Hence, there is a need for a careful analysis, comparing the "potential" benefits of the hybrid modality with the "established" ones of the standalone machine.

The aim of this article is to analyze the impact of this hybrid tool on the diagnosis of diseases of the central nervous system, comparing strengths and weaknesses of both modalities through the use of SWOT analysis.

Keywords:
Alzheimer, Brain tumors, Hybrid Imaging, Neurology, Nuclear Medicine, Spect/CT.
Affiliation:
Nuclear Medicine Department, S. Andrea Hospital, Via Vittorio Veneto, 197, 19124 La Spezia, Italy.