Brain Scans & Amen Clinic: Spect Vs. Pet Vs. Mri
I've recently become interested in the Amen Clinic after watching a promotional video that Dave Asprey and Dr. Daniel Amen created together.
There is serious amount of controversy in neuroscience if SPECT imaging is as valuable as Dr. Amen claims it is.
I may have sustained an mTBI several years ago and have started brain hacking as a way to overcome my (sometimes debilitating) symptoms, and (hopefully) transcend cognitive impairment and create a new baseline of experience for myself. The symptoms have been experiencing primarily are: sensory/visual processing deficits, cognitive impairments, vertigo, dissociative tendencies, migrane, and difficulty communicating. I used to be very sharp and confident, and my symptoms feel neurological, but so many illnesses (i.e. from Lymes to Aspergers) can cause those symptoms it been extremely trying to create a path to wellness and recovery.
Dr. Amen uses SPECT imaging for diagnosis which tracks blood flow activity patterns in the brain. He has been working for almost 20 years to quantify SPECT imaging with psychiatric diagnosis, brain injury, and other impairments and disorders. I think his work is valuable, but it is out of my insurance network and $4000 dollars to go through the diagnosis, cognitive testing, and medical history program.
I have started to look at all brain imaging techniques for diagnosis, so I can send myself in the absolute best path for recovery... The most common brain imaging procedures are MRI, PET, and SPECT. Other than that it's CT and QEEG, both of which seem less useful than PET or SPECT.
MRI is a 2 dimensional image that is basically a detailed snapshot of the brain, it's great for diagnosis of structural issues, stroke, etc, but holds no value for mTBI, cognitive, subtle, cognitive or psych symptoms.
SPECT tracks blood flow and uses a computer to generate a 3D image of the brain. Dr. Amen claims this can show brain injury, psychiatric diagnosis, over excitation, or under use patterns. The Amen clinic is very expensive, and their technology many people say is outdated for that kind of money, its controversial.
PET is starting to sound like the best option for what I'm looking for. PET also generates 3D computer scans (like SPECT) that can be useful for brain injury, seizure disorders, psychiatric diagnosis, but it sounds like PET is the most sensitive, and can be used to diagnose the broadest range of symptoms and disorders.
Does anyone know what is the absolute best diagnosis protocol? Also, perhaps there are cutting edge centers (similar to Amen Clinic) that are more off the radar? I deeply desire make a strong recovery, any insight helps.