What is Parkinson’s Syndrome
According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s each year, and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected.
Simply having tremors does not mean you have Parkinson’s disease. Because Parkinson’s disease symptoms are similar to symptoms of other neurological conditions, the misdiagnosis rate is significant. Approximately 25% of Parkinson’s disease diagnoses are incorrect.
Historically, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease have primarily been diagnosed through clinical examinations, which are often inconclusive and can result in misdiagnosis. Many patients who are currently being treated for Parkinson’s do not, in fact, have it. A DaTscan™ procedure may help distinguish between Parkinson’s and other movement disorders such as ataxia, dystonia, essential tremors, Lewy Body dementia, and drug-induced parkinsonism. The DaTscan™ shows how dopamine, a neurotransmitter, is distributed in your brain:
Dopamine is an important brain chemical produced by neurons in areas of the brain which control movement
When these neurons die or become impaired, they produce less dopamine
Visualizing the status of the dopamine transporter in your brain can help determine diagnosis
Visualization of the dopamine transporter can add clarity to symptom presentation
SPECT imaging with DaTscan™ provides visual evidence of dopamine transporter status to aid in the assessment of your brain and your diagnosis