This is SOOOOO important…the brain…a TED talk. Please watch this one
If you look up SPECT on the Internet you can indeed find people who do not believe it of any real use however there are those that do http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3149839/ this paper (author is the speaker in the video) concludes:
There are a number of important areas where SPECT has the potential to provide relevant information to help personalize treatment to patients’ specific brain system pathophysiology rather than rely solely on general diagnostic and/or therapeutic categories. In this paper we described 7 such areas. Furthermore, in the authors’ experience, another immediate benefit of using brain SPECT imaging is that the patient’s and family’s guilt, shame and stigma are significantly reduced as they see their illness as medical rather than moral with concurrent improvements in treatment compliance. In the authors’ opinion, brain SPECT or any other neuroimaging modality should always occur in conjunction with clinical assessment since it is not the isolated diagnostic accuracy that has greatest importance but rather the value added to routine clinical assessment.
It appears to be used by the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/spect-scan/basics/definition/prc-20020674
The brain is more mechanical than people like to think. We need some good debuggers and diagnostics tools. I wouldn’t mind having a SPECT scan!
This is what the future looks like; people finding new and curious ways to analyze what is between our ears. This can’t help but bring us a better overall result for society and individuals.