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Functional positron emission tomography in psychiatry

P. M. Grasby

in New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696758
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0023
Functional positron emission tomography in psychiatry

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So far, the PET and SPET radiotracer techniques have been immediately valuable in assessing the receptor occupancy effects of antipsychotic drugs and of mapping the neural correlates of dysfunctional cognitive processes and psychiatric symptoms. Although the applications described have not yielded a diagnostic test, the techniques are undoubtedly providing unique informa-tion about the pathophysiology of psychiatric illnesses. Such information is likely to be key for the development of truly novel treatments.

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Subjects: Psychiatry ; Radiology

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