What is the role of nuclear imaging in the workup of stroke?

Updated: Nov 30, 2018
  • Author: Andrew Danziger; Chief Editor: L Gill Naul, MD  more...
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Functional imaging with positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) are able to reveal carotid plaque vulnerability for rupture and help in evaluating brain viability by quantifying the penumbra region. Different agents can be used in PET imaging, including18 F,11 C,13 N, and15 O. [105]


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