PET Scan to Map the Areas of the Brain Involved in Planning
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00001363|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 10, 2002
Last Update Posted : March 4, 2008
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a technique used to investigate the functional activity of the brain. The PET technique allows doctors to study the normal processes of the brain (central nervous system) of normal individuals and patients with neurologic illnesses without physical / structural damage to the brain.
When a region of the brain is active, it uses more fuel in the form of oxygen and sugar (glucose). As the brain uses more fuel it produces more waste products, carbon dioxide and water. Blood carries fuel to the brain and waste products away from the brain. As brain activity increases blood flow to and from the area of activity increases also. Knowing these facts, researchers can use radioactive water (H215O) and PET scans to observe what areas of the brain are receiving more blood flow.
This study will attempt to determine the areas of the brain activated by planning processes and decision making. Researchers will ask patients to participate in tests and games (chess) that will stimulate the areas of the brain involved with decision making and planning while undergoing the water PET blood flow technique.
|Condition or disease|
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Estimated Enrollment :||230 participants|
|Official Title:||Functional Brain Mapping of Planning Activities With  Water PET Blood Flow Technique|
|Study Start Date :||January 1993|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||March 2001|
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00001363
|United States, Maryland|
|National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892|