PET scan series of an hallucinating schizophrenic

PET scan series of an hallucinating schizophrenic

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Caption: Positron emission tomography (PET) scan series of the brain of an hallucinating patient suffering from schizophrenia. The colour-coded scan through different cerebral layers shows brain activity: from low (blue) to high (yellow). PET scanning relies on an injected radioactive tracer to reveal variation in metabolic activity in the brain. Normal brain metabolic activity produces a roughly symmetrical pattern in the yellow areas of left and right cerebral hemispheres. PET scanning shows abnormalities of function in the brains of schizo- phrenics. Schizophrenia ("split personality") is characterised by delusions, hallucination and depression. Drug treatment offers relief.

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Keywords: brain, condition, disease, disorder, hallucination, healthcare, medical, medicine, mental illness, neuroimaging, pet, pet scan, psychosis, schizo, schizophrenia

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