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January 14, 1983

Radionuclide Cerebral Imaging Confirming Brain Death

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Anesthesiology (Dr Schwartz), Pediatrics (Dr Schwartz), Special Imaging (Dr Baxter), Nuclear Medicine (Dr Brill), and Critical Care (Drs Schwartz and Burns), Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa.

JAMA. 1983;249(2):246-247. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330260064035

Cerebral blood flow (CBF) was measured by portable radionuclide cerebral imaging (RCI) and by four-vessel cerebral contrast arteriography in 15 clinically brain-dead patients, including six children. Neither technique showed evidence of CBF, although four RCI scans showed sagittal sinus activity. Portable scanning techniques are therefore considered valid determinants of brain death and may be useful in lieu of contrast cerebral arteriography.

(JAMA 1983;249:246-247)