Mini Review
Volume 3 Issue 3 - 2020
Approaches of Nuclear Medicine in Psychiatry: Perfusion Against Function, the Psychiatric Question
Roberto Levi Cavalcanti Jales1* and Sebastião David Santos-Filho2
1Clínica Nuclear de Natal, Tirol, Natal, RN, Brazil
2Centro Universitário Natalense, UNICEUNA, Lagoa Nova, Natal, RN, Brazil
*Corresponding Author: Roberto Levi Cavalcanti Jales, Clínica Nuclear de Natal, Tirol, Natal, RN, Brazil.
Received: January 30, 2020; Published: February 10, 2020


The scintigraphy images obtained with the use of radiopharmaceuticals or radiobiocomplexes in the nuclear medicine (NM) have strong importance to the professionals that need clinical information about their patients, as physicians and physiotherapists. Other health professionals, as biologists, pharmacists, physics, chemists, psychiatrics, have the responsibility to research, to develop and to perform quality controls concerning to the radiobiocomplexes. The main message of this article is to awaken in psychiatry and NM the potential that resides in brain scintigraphy with HMPAO through a database to diagnose psychiatric illnesses. These images (SPECT and PET) are considered metabolic images and are powerful guns to the professionals that are using them. These procedures involve basically the administration of a radiobiocomplex, which perfusion into the target organ, consist the ammunition that will permit the acquisition of these images. In conclusion, perfusion scintigraphy with HMPAO should be included in the investigation of diseases where brain function could be modified. Neuronal damage caused by drugs and neurotoxic agents is well documented in these cases.

Keywords: Technetium-99m; Radiobiocomplexes; Radiopharmaceuticals; SPECT; PET; Nuclear Medicine; Psychiatry


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Citation: Roberto Levi Cavalcanti Jales and Sebastião David Santos-Filho. “Approaches of Nuclear Medicine in Psychiatry: Perfusion Against Function, the Psychiatric Question”. EC Clinical and Medical Case Reports 3.3 (2020): 01-05.

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