What Is Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography of the Brain?
This article will provide an update for nurses on single-photon emission computed tomography, or SPECT. This imaging tool provides information about brain metabolism. Nurses need to be aware of the patient preparation for, care during and after, as well as ongoing research focusing on SPECT.

Course Publication Date: June 30, 2010

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Author:Anita Rothera RNC, BS, CDE
Course No:SPE060810
Contact Hours:1.00
Category:Critical Care Medicine
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Learning Objectives
  • Describe nursing care during a SPECT scan.
  • Discuss post-procedure care for SPECT scan patients.
  • List two areas of research that involve SPECT.
  • Name four neurological conditions in which a SPECT of the brain is a valuable tool for diagnosis and management.


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