Differentiate with Visual Clarity: DaTscan Testing for Parkinson's
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. Signs and symptoms of Parkinsonian Syndrome (PS) can be misleading or mimic other conditions, especially during early stage of disease and in the elderly.
Simply having tremors does not mean you have PS. CereScan is now a provider of GE Healthcare’s DaTscanTM procedure, which is a new type of scan recently approved by the FDA.
The DaTscanTM testing for Parkinson’s is done with CereScan’s SPECT imaging camera and provides strong evidence of the presence or absence of PS. There are several other movement disorders that are sometimes confused with PS. DaTscanTM evaluates dopamine levels in your brain and your doctor will use the results in combination with clinical data to generate a more accurate diagnosis.
Diagnosing Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that afflicts over one million Americans. Historically, movement disorders 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. At CereScan, we use the DaTscanTM procedure to help distinguish between Parkinsonian Syndrome (PS) and other movement disorders such as ataxia, dystonia, essential tremors, Lewy Body dementia, and drug-induced parkinsonism. The DaTscanTM shows how dopamine, a neurotransmitter, is distributed in your brain.
If you are on medications to treat PS and don’t actually have PS, the side effects may be significant and serious. If you think this might be the case, it’s time to get a clearer assessment. The results of the DaTscanTM will help your doctor in prescribing the proper treatment regimen. If you do not have PS, CereScan can conduct additional testing to determine what may be causing your symptoms.
We help remove the guesswork and bring clarity to your personal situation. An accurate diagnosis can allow you to better understand your condition and get off medications that may be causing negative side effects. You will be able to get proper treatment and receive the right medications to manage symptoms, if appropriate.
Knowing what is really wrong with you is always better than not knowing. Stop wondering. Find out today.