SPECT Scan Locations

SPECT Scan Locations

Detective Squirrel found new information.

As was stated in a previous article, it is believed that SPECT scans can detect fibromyalgia.  I’ve had requests for SPECT scan locations and costs.  I’ll do my best to answer those questions.

From the information I was able to find, these scans can run anywhere from $1,000 to over $4,000 depending on where you are and what is included in the test.

They aren’t cheap and often are not covered by insurance.  Check with wherever you decide to go for payment plans and, if covered by insurance, get a preauthorization to avoid problems when filing the claim. A call to your insurance carrier will give you the information you need.

Mayo Clinic is able to perform SPECT Scans.  Mayo Clinic’s main location is Rochester, MN.  There are other major facilities located in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ and in Jacksonville, FL.  Mayo Clinic has facilities in almost all the states.  For instance, Wisconsin has five but not all of them are large enough to have the equipment to do these scans. Their site doesn’t give a lot of information on cost but a phone call to their main office in Rochester, MN at 507-266-7890 or you could use the toll free number at their Phoenix, AZ location 800-603-0558 to get more information.

Amen Clinics in California have a “package ” deal with their SPECT scans.  They do a four day evaluation and then give you several scans, including two SPECT scans.  Their cost is $3,575 to $4,125.  I’m not sure what the cost of just the SPECT scan(s) would be.  Their testing is extremely comprehensive. Everywhere I look this name keeps showing up.  Even Health Central indicates they are a good place to go.Their toll free number is 888-564-2700.

Mayfield Clinic in Cincinnati, OH has several locations that perform this test. The cost for this test wasn’t listed on their site.  They can be contacted at 800-325-7787 for more information. Mayfield Clinic specializes in medical imaging.

John Hopkins in Baltimore, MD has equipment available for scans on small animals but I didn’t find anything for humans.

Cedar Sanai Medical Centers in Los Angeles, CA offers these scans also.  Their toll free number is 888-233-2771. Here again, I could not find any information on the cost for the exam.

These SPECT scan locations and costs are the ones I was able to find.  By calling one of these locations you might be able to be referred to a facility closer to your area.

A SPECT scan shows the blood flow through the brain.  It can tell your doctor if you are getting all the blood you need to function normally.

This scan is done by injecting a radioactive material into your vein and watching it circulate through your brain.  Not to worry though, the amount of radiation is less than an x-ray or CT scan.  The thing to remember is that, if you’re pregnant don’t have a SPECT scan.

There are no apparent side effects connected with this exam.

Personally, if I could afford to have this done I would.  I know it would be a relief to me to see what this scan shows and I would want the films of the scan to be sent to my primary doctor(s).

Do your due diligence and contacts your insurance company to see if they will cover this test.  You can also contact these centers to see if any of the SPECT Scan Locations offer payment plans.

Best of luck to you all,


SPECT Scan Locations

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  1. mayo76 says:

    I have Impossible to live with ADHD. It got worse 4 years ago when l got an illness. My life is haywire, my hoarding has beome a threat to my health? Because l am a senior, the Spect scan is not doable? can you recommend how l can resolve this?

  2. There has been significant success with NIR. We have been working with a functional brain imaging company that uses SPECT but more on warfighters and football players and one unintended consequence was seeing ADHD and ADD and some other issues unrelated to TBI, respond. Not everyone has the same outcomes.

  3. Juliska says:

    Patrick: What is NIR?

  4. Cory says:

    Can anyone tell me if spect scans are available in missouri?

  5. Marcia Ketterling says:

    You did not mention Brain Matters in Colorado as shown on the Dr Phil show

  6. Michelle says:

    I have read your information, and I agree it would be informative information; however, I have endured a TBI and I wonder what having this information would change? Is it really worth spending the additional money to know where your brain in injured? My injury does not show up on traditional MRI or CT scans yet I can feel it in my head and know that I am not the same. My gross motor has been affected, my speech has been affected I have all the classic other signs of brain/concussion injury severe headaches on down the list. However, they still can’t treat it even if they could see it, can they? I guess that’s my point…. what would be different?

    • Jana says:

      As I was just told the benefit of knowing lies in the knowledge of how blood flow is through out your brain, which parts are responding well and which are not. Then they would have more information to help you choose things to aid in healing, whether it be nutrition, suppplements, certain tasks to do and how to cope with where your brain is at right now. More specialized treatments instead of just saying here’s your results see you later. I hope that makes sense.

    • Jay Reads says:

      Michelle, even if the TBI was years ago, there are some vitamin/nutrient strategies that can be used to improve your outcome and to prevent further damage (buildup of Tau tangles leading to dementia). Vitamin E (1000 IU daily) with Alpha Lipoic Acid and N-Acetyl Cysteine and Vitamin C will reduce oxidative stress and may actually help clear some damage. Sublingual B12/B6/methylfolates (1000 IU B12 version) with a liquid magnesium supplement like magnesium citrate or magnesium chloride will help. Actually, the B12 and magnesium will probably make you feel better in just a few days. (Sublingual and liquid delivery because it will absorb in mouth tissue and go straight into the blood stream without needing to be ingested and absorbed via the typical food path. Makes a huge difference in delivery.) Fish Oil high in EPA and DHA taken daily will provide some fatty acid building blocks for brain recovery. Meditation while structuring a vitamin/nutrient regimen will begin to try to heal these area. While you may never reach 100%, you can improve the outcome.

  7. angela says:

    Washington University in St. Louis.

  8. Tanya Miller says:

    Here in Boise, Idaho, the St. Alphonsus Radiology Dept. perform SPECT testing.

  9. cheryl says:

    yes. you need to find a neurofeedback practitioner

  10. Shauna says:

    Was researching SPECT scan for my TBI, came across your post, At this time I feel the same as you posted. Did you end up getting one? If so did it help with your doctors being able to treat the symptoms? Thank you.

  11. Mario Rizzardi says:

    Looking for a speck scan location near Pittsfield Ma.

  12. Why is spect not doable if you are considered a Senior citizen?

  13. Mary Strnad says:

    Dr. Norman Doidge of Canada has helped in brain injury and other brain problems (including Parkinson’s, Multiple Scleropsis, and certain kinds of stroke, among others)with a non-invasive device called Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS). He also has other treatment methods (light therapy & more) & has written several books … use internet search for more details. Yes, Neurologists & functional medical drs in the know can help with supplements as noted above.

  14. Colleen says:

    I had a SPECT Scan done at Amen Clinic in Chicago. They give you a few pictures on paper to take home with you. I was very disappointed to find out they will not put my spect Scan on a cd for my Doctor to look at. They say they are not Mayo Clinic and they don’t dont do this. I paid almost 5000. For incompetence.
    I suggest going somewhere more competent.

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