Applications of BrainPET for Major Depressive Disorder

Vedashree Meher, M.Sc Major depressive disorder (MDD) is diagnosed when an individual consistently feels low, has a depressed mood, takes lack of pleasure in activities, experiences feeling of worthlessness, has lack of energy, poor concentration, sleep deprivation, decreased appetite and/or suicidal ideation (Bains & Abdijadid, 2022). To be diagnosed with MDD, individuals have to present…

Brain PET imaging of stroke

Vedashree Meher, M.Sc Stroke is a clinical syndrome, so-named due to the sudden onset of symptoms caused by reduced blood supply, oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Stroke is a second leading cause of death and a major contributor of long-term disabilities globally (Katan & Luft, 2018). There are two types of strokes: hemorrhagic and…

Brain PET imaging of schizophrenia

Vedashree Meher, M.Sc. Schizophrenia is a psychiatric illness that affects how a person thinks, feels and behaves. Schizophrenia can present as positive symptoms or negative symptoms. Positive symptoms include delusions, hallucinations and disorganized speech whereas, negative symptoms include apathy, lack of motivation and anhedonia (lack of pleasure) (Patel et al., 2014). In order to be…

Artificial Intelligence and PET/MRI

Artificial Intelligence and PET/MRIManjari Murthy, Director of Product Management Artificial intelligence, or AI, is one of buzziest topics in medicine. AI in medicine is a blanket term to describe computer programs that use machine learning to improve doctors’ ability assess medical data with the goal of improving health outcomes. This can be in the form…

Mental Illness and Brain PET/MRI

Mental Illness and Brain PET/MRIManjari Murthy, Director of Product Management October 10th is World Mental Health Day, an international event in recognition and support of the millions of people worldwide suffering from a range of illnesses that are pervasive, yet still poorly understood. Initiatives to improve the visibility of mental illness have led to increases…