What is the role of PET imaging in the diagnosis of major depressive disorder (clinical depression)?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging provides the means for the study of receptor binding of certain ligands and the effect a compound may have on receptors. However, PET scanning is problematic for use with children and adolescents because it requires complex equipment and uses radiation.


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