New Technology Helps Diagnose Parkinson's Disease At Ohio State

This non-invasive procedure will help specialists at Ohio State determine if patients are experiencing Parkinson’s disease, or a different movement disorder with similar symptoms, such as essential tremor.
“This scan is taking us a step closer to determining if a patient has Parkinson’s earlier than we ever have before with super high specificity and sensitivity,” said Dr. Nathan Hall, section chief of Nuclear Medicine.
When used in tandem with other tests and clinical assessment, specialists can look at brain images to determine even early stages of the disease.  In the case of Parkinson’s disease, tremors are caused by a dopamine deficiency which causes the brain to lose control of certain movement and motor functions. The technology, called DaTscan, shows if and where a dopamine deficiency is occurring to help physicians make an exact diagnosis.
When diagnosed early and accurately, Parkinson’s disease can be controlled by medication or deep brain stimulation. DaTscan has been used in Europe, but was only recently approved for use in the United States.
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Contact: Gina Bericchia, Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737