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A single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scan is used to examine the function of internal organs. At Moffitt Cancer Center, we can use this imaging technique to help detect certain types of cancer, such as brain tumors and cancers that affect the bones. This type of scan creates a 3-dimensional image that can provide information about blood flow and chemical reactions.

How does a SPECT scan work?

While a SPECT scan is a relatively safe procedure, it is important to talk to your physician ahead of time about any medications you are currently taking. Additionally, because this test uses a small amount of radioactive material, it is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have discussed your medical history with your physician and a SPECT scan is recommended for you, here’s what you can expect:

  • You will receive an injection that contains a small amount of a radiotracer.
  • After receiving the tracer, you will lay still on a scanner table.
  • Special camera equipment will move around you to detect and record the radiotracer.
  • The information collected will be compiled to create a 3-dimensional image.

The collected information can be analyzed by a radiologist or another medical expert with specialized training in nuclear medicine. The scan may help to diagnose cancer early, detect tumors, determine the stage of cancer or monitor a patient following cancer treatment.

Receiving an imaging scan at Moffitt

At Moffitt, we offer SPECT scans and a number of other medical imaging techniques to help detect, diagnose and treat different types of cancer. We currently offer SPECT scans at:

Moffitt Cancer Center
12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
Monday – Friday | 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you would like to learn more about receiving a SPECT scan or any other diagnostic and treatment services at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form.