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FDA approves DATScan

Wednesday February 01, 2012

Image on left shows dopamine cell loss in PD.

Brain scan can measure what the brain looks like such as a CT scan or MRI or the brain’s activity levels.  CT and MRIs can be normal in PD so cannot be used for diagnosis.  They can be helpful when there are concerns about other conditions such as stroke.  The DatSCAN was recently approved by the FDA to measure dopamine cell loss in the brain. This scan (pictured here) can be used to differentiate Parkinson’s disease from essential tremor.

 Learn more about making the diagnosis.

Monique L. Giroux, MDMonique L. Giroux, MD
Medical Director, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation

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