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Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics


Imget
inrite
Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics
A SPECT Scan is capable of providing information about blood flow to tissue. It is a sensitive diagnostic tool used to detect stress fracture, spondylosis, infection (e.g. discitis), and tumor (e.g. osteoid osteoma). Analyzing blood flow to an organ (e.g. bone) may help to determine how well it is functioning.


This is a brain without Meth





This is a brain after meth use



I looked but could not find any information on if your brain after being clean from meth will recover from this damage. Does anyone know if after a person is clean for a while if their brain will ever have another clear spect scan?
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corty
shell
Re: Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics  
My son's counselor has a book by the guy who invented this, We read through it and from all his studies.
If you were younger when you started meth you had less damage then that who starts using meth say like over 25.
Naiev
Newly
wed
Re: Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics  
I haven't heard about this Kevin - I've only heard that it takes about 18 months or so for dopamine levels to get back up to about 80%.

Maybe Loraura will be along and can help.

Nice to see you BTW.
danimal
55
Re: Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics  
Thanks Kevin. This clearly explains what they mean when they say "fluid filled cavities" and "11% less brain mass".

Ouch! that gave me a headache!
Loraura Re: Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics  
Interesting!

I haven't studied up on blood flow to the brain, and changes before , during, and after meth use.

Sorry that I don't have much to add on this!
Penel0pe Re: Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics  
Thanks Kevin...

My brain probably looks like a 18 hole golf course 
buoy
killer
Re: Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics  
WOW...thanks for posting...wish I could get my daughter to see this...
Naiev
Newly
wed
Re: Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics  
Now I see where the term 'my brain is mush' came from.
Imget
inrite
Re: Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics  
Meth brain links

Scary stuff about your brain and drugs

Paws
from

hell

Re: Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics  
On a specific reply to your question:

Those areas are metabolistic activity,
so basically, no activity = cell death = dead brain cells.
Un regenerated.
Lives
With
Wolves
Re: Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics  
Those are some scary pictures.

Since we only use like 5% of our brains ......
don't we have extra brain cells to spare ????
nine
years
clean
Re: Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics  
Check this out guys:

Macy
stiller01
Re: Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics  
Niner that is scary. Where did you find that? And if I am reading this correctly does this mean brain cells cannot be recouped after drug use?
Imget
inrite
Re: Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics  
Macy, the chart that she posted shows the level of dopamine in the brain. ( The red areas )
eyes
open83
Re: Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics  
the 1 month brain looks healthier than the 14 month brain?
i see the red (dopamine) is better in the 14 but the rest of it looks worse than the 1...
Loraura Re: Brain with and without Meth: Spect scan pics  
Quote:
the 1 month brain looks healthier than the 14 month brain?

i see the red (dopamine) is better in the 14 but the rest of it looks worse than the 1...

OK, what was not posted with the brain scans, was the explanation:

Quote:

Brain images of a person who has never used methamphetamine (top) and of a methamphetamine user after 1 month of abstinence (middle). Lighter colors show distribution of dopamine transporters (DAT) in the striatum. DAT distribution is reduced in striatum of methamphetamine user. Brain image of a methamphetamine user after 14 months' abstinence (bottom) shows substantial recovery of DAT in striatum. Low levels of DAT in methamphetamine users were associated with poorer performance on tests of memory and motor skills, which did not improve with DAT after lengthy abstinence.

You can read the whole article that came from here:
www.nida.nih.gov/NIDA_Not...amine.html

You were noticing that there were more black areas in the 14 month picture than in the 1 month picture. However, this scan's sole purpose was to trace dopamine activity. This does not mean that the brain was healthier at 1 month abstinent than at 14 months.


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