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Course description: 

The ability to provide patients with an early, accurate diagnosis for neurodegenerative movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s Disease, has been an on-going challenge that can take up to six years because of the dependence on symptom presentation. Unfortunately symptom presentation varies with patients. Also, other movement disorders, such as essential tremor, have similar symptoms, but they occur in different areas of the brain and do not involve the dopamine system. Now, the FDA has approved DaTscan, an imaging agent developed by GE Healthcare that can detect the presence of dopamine transporters (DaT) in the brain which allows physicians to diagnose and begin the correct course much earlier in the disease process. This course for Nuclear Medicine Technologists and other interested healthcare professionals briefly describes Parkinsonism and essential tremor and some of the key issues related to diagnosis and treatment for both. It then describes the value and use of DaTscan, describing patient preparation, imaging parameters, and guidelines for distinguishing between normal and abnormal scans.



Course objectives: 

Upon successful completion of this program, the health care professional will be able to: 

1. List the signs and symptoms of Parkinsonian Syndrome and Essential Tremor. 
2. Identify differences between PS and ET. 
3. Describe how PS and ET are diagnosed. 
4. Describe the physical characteristics of DaTscan (I-123 ioflupane). 
5. List the approved indications for DaTscan. 
6. Identify patients for which DaTscan is contraindicated. 
7. Determine the appropriate dosage for DaTscan. 
8. Describe the proper patient preparation required for DaTscan. 
9. Identify appropriate acquisition and processing parameters. 
10. Differentiate between normal and abnormal cases. 

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  • eLearning


  • English

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