Introduction to Brain Disorders

  • Jamshed Bomanji
  • Francesco FraioliEmail author
Part of the Clinicians’ Guides to Radionuclide Hybrid Imaging book series (CGRHI)


The World Health Organization (WHO) data indicate that, together, brain disorders account for one-third of the burden of all diseases in the wealthy part of the world [1], and data show that these disorders are a major public health and economic problem with an estimation of € 800 billion for the healthcare worldwide, comprising direct and indirect assistance. Several definitions have been proposed for brain disorders and the one below recently appeared on the Bulletin of the World Health Organization [2].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Nuclear Medicine University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustLondonUK
  2. 2.Institute of Nuclear MedicineUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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