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August 1995

New Trends in Nuclear Medicine

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Miami, Fla

Arch Neurol. 1995;52(8):746. doi:10.1001/archneur.1995.00540320018007

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This monograph is the result of one of the satellite conferences of the 1992 Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine. About half the book is devoted to brief reviews of the fundamental principles of functional brain imaging, specifically single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), with some brief discussion given to positron emission tomography (PET). There is an introductory discussion of cerebral blood flow and metabolism, blood-brain barrier, and neurotransmission. One chapter is devoted to the application of techniques for the study of neuroreceptors and neurotransmission. There is a detailed study of the mathematical basis and guidelines for instrumentation for brain SPECT and the radiopharmaceuticals used in brain imaging.

The second half of the book is devoted to the clinical application of these techniques, particularly brain SPECT, discussions of the types of results that can be obtained in a variety of clinical conditions, including stroke, epilepsy, and dementias

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