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Table 1 Characteristics of the patients

From: Brain metabolism and related connectivity in patients with acrophobia treated by virtual reality therapy: an 18F-FDG PET pilot study sensitized by virtual exposure

  All patients
n = 18
Patients with 18F-FDG PET before and after treatment
n = 9
Age, years 46.0 (SD = 11.0) 47.4 (SD = 11.6)
Gender: female 5 (28%) 4 (44%)
Laterality (right-handed) 13 (72%) 6 (66%)
Duration of acrophobia, years 3.0 (SD = 7.1) 1.2 (SD = 0.4)
Video game experience 10 (56%) 4 (44%)
Psychometric assessment
 BAT (/10) before treatment 3.7 (SD = 1.1) 4.6 (SD = 2.2)
 SUD (/100) before treatment 48.3 (SD = 27.1) 42.8 (SD = 33.3)
 BAT (/10) after treatment 8.8 (SD = 1.8)*
 SUD (/100) after treatment 8.9 (SD = 20.3)*
  1. BAT behavioural avoidance test, SUD subjective unit of discomfort
  2. *p < 0.05 for comparison of results before and after treatment