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VOLUME 20 , ISSUE 8 ( 2016 ) > List of Articles


Single-photon emission computed tomography imaging for brain death donor counseling

Vijayanand Palaniswamy, Suganya Sadhasivam, Cibi Selvakumaran, Priyadharsan Jayabal, S. R. Ananth

Keywords : Organ donation, radionuclide imaging, single-photon emission computed tomography

Citation Information : Palaniswamy V, Sadhasivam S, Selvakumaran C, Jayabal P, Ananth SR. Single-photon emission computed tomography imaging for brain death donor counseling. Indian J Crit Care Med 2016; 20 (8):477-479.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.188200

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-02-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; The Author(s).


Organ donation awareness is very poor in India. We have a high demand for transplant organs with poor supply. Apnea test is the confirmatory test for brain death in our country. The Transplantation of Human Organs Act does not support any ancillary testing for the confirmation of brain death in our country. Radionuclide scan is used widely in western countries as a confirmatory test. We in our institution used this as a tool for family counseling with successful conversion rate.

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