SPECT can help physicians differentiate between PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries

May 4, 2015

It’s difficult to differentiate between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) since the conditions have very similar symptoms, but researchers at Thomas Jefferson University, UCLA, University of British Columbia and Amen Clinics found that SPECT imaging can solve that challenge.

“The need for a diagnostic tool to reliably distinguish PTSD from TBI in Veteran populations is urgent,” Dr. Theodore Henderson, a Denver-based psychiatrist, said in a statement. “Prior attempts to use imaging studies such as CT scans, MRIs, and conventional X-rays have been unsuccessful.”

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