Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Doctors Check and Accurately Diagnose Conditions Through a PET Scan

A positron emission tomography scan, or PET scan, is an imaging test that lets doctors check the body for diseases and various other conditions. This process uses a special dye with radioactive tracers that is injected into a vein in the patient's arm. Once the tissues and the organs in the body have absorbed the tracer, it is then highlighted under a PET scanner. This will show the doctor how well your organs and tissues are working. A PET scan can measure oxygen use, blood flow, glucose metabolism, and much more. PET scans are also used in detecting a handful of diseases and brain conditions, such as the following:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

MRI Shows the Brain of Schizophrenic Patients Trying to Repair Itself

Like several other mental health disorders, schizophrenia has no known cure yet. The condition, brought by various biological and environmental factors, has been difficult to manage, and so far, only its symptoms are addressed. Medications are prescribed, for instance, to help control a patient’s tendency to develop anxiety and help them calm down during stressful episodes.