Imaging neurotransmitter release by drugs of abuse.

  title={Imaging neurotransmitter release by drugs of abuse.},
  author={Diana M Martinez and Rajesh Narendran},
  journal={Current topics in behavioral neurosciences},
Previous studies have shown that imaging with positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) radiotracers that are specific for brain dopamine receptors can be used to indirectly image the change in the levels of neurotransmitters within the brain. Most of the studies in addiction have focused on dopamine, since the dopamine neurons that project to the striatum have been shown to play a critical role in mediating addictive behavior. These imaging… CONTINUE READING
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