Cerebral Perfusion Scan

Cerebral perfusion imaging is employed to assess a variety of brain conditions. These include Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, epilepsy and transient ischemia.

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  • No preparation required. No sedatives prior to the scan.

    If there is any chance, you may be pregnant or you are breast-feeding, please contact us directly for specific instructions.

    • On arrival you will have an IV placed in your arm. You will then be asked to lay quietly in a darkened room for a period of time prior to your injection.
    • During this quiet time it is important that you stay awake, remain still and do not speak unless spoken to. All of this will be re-iterated to you on the day of the scan.
    • After a while you will receive a tracer injection via the IV. You will then be left for a few minutes for the tracer to be absorbed by the brain.
    • Once the injection phase is complete, you will need to wait for a time determined by the technologist prior to having your scan.
    • For the scan you are placed on the scanning bed and the camera slowly rotates around the head. The scan is approximately 10 minutes in duration.
  • Please allow 11/2 - 2 hours for the whole procedure.

  • Queensland X-Ray has the latest nuclear medicine equipment, with SPECT/CT available across all departments.

    One of our nuclear medicine technologists will perform your cerebral perfusion scan, under the supervision of one of our nuclear medicine specialists.

    The images the technologist acquires are reviewed by a specialist who reports on the findings. The report will be sent to your referring doctor, who will explain the findings to you. Technologists performing the scan do not discuss scan results with you.

How much will it cost?

Fees for radiology procedures will vary depending on a variety of factors. We will advise you about the cost of your service at the time of booking but if you do have any questions, contact us and one of our team will be happy to help with your query. You can read more about our billing information here.

How do I access my images?

At Queensland X-Ray, we provide our patients with their images and results online. To access your images and results, you’ll need to register for an account when you visit one of our practices. If you’ve already registered, you can access the Patient Portal here.

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