Reversing Brain Damage

The Single Most Important Lesson Learned From 83,000 Brain Scans!

In this 2013 video, Dr. Daniel Amen discusses what he and his colleagues found to be the single most important lesson learned from looking at 83,000 brain scans.  Brain SPECT imaging looks at blood flow and activity in the brain.

According to The Mayo Clinic,

A single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) scan lets your doctor analyze the function of some of your internal organs. A SPECT scan is a type of nuclear imaging test, which means it uses a radioactive substance and a special camera to create 3-D pictures.

While imaging tests like X-rays can show what the structures inside your body look like, a SPECT scan produces images that show how your organs work. For instance, a SPECT scan can show how blood flows to your heart or what areas of your brain are more active or less active.

SPECT CT” by YtrottierOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Dr. Amen has a passion for medical imaging and psychiatry.  He and his colleagues built the largest database of scans related to behavior on patients from 93 different countries around the globe.  He says that SPECT tells us basically three things about the brain:  good, too little or too much activity.





Many brains can be rehabilitated.  They can literally be changed!

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Special Thanks To TED For Posting This Video At!  All screen shots are from this video!