Your Brain: Up Close and Personal

Brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) looks at blood flow and activity in the brain. Amen Clinics has performed more than 80,000 SPECT scans over the last 22 years. SPECT shows three things: Areas of the brain that work well, areas of decreased activity, and areas of increased activity.

Images courtesy of Daniel G. Amen and Amen Clinics, Inc.

Healthy Surface Scan

This SPECT scan shows the full even symmetrical activity of a healthy brain.

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

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