The utility of dopamine transporter scans for diagnosing Parkinsonian disorders

Show simple item record Crotty, Grace F. O'Corragain, O. A. Bogue, Conor O. Crotty, J. M. O'Sullivan, Sean S. 2018-05-31T11:22:51Z 2018-05-31T11:22:51Z 2018-05
dc.identifier.citation Crotty, G. F., O’Corragain, O. A., Bogue, C., Crotty, J. and O’Sullivan, S. S. (2018) 'The utility of dopamine transporter scans for Diagnosing Parkinsonian Disorders', Irish Medical Journal, 11 (5), 751. Available online: en
dc.identifier.volume 111 en
dc.identifier.issued 5 en
dc.identifier.startpage 751 en
dc.identifier.endpage 751 en
dc.identifier.issn 0332-3102
dc.description.abstract Introduction: Dopamine transporter scans are increasingly being used in the diagnosis of clinically undefined Parkinsonism. Aims: To assess the indications for imaging usage and its impact on future clinical management. Methods: Retrospective review of scans ordered and their corresponding results over a five-year period. A chart review was carried out on a cohort of scans to assess changes in clinical management. Results: One hundred and eighty scans (69% of total) were reported as showing evidence of dopaminergic deficit. A chart review in 81 patients showed a change in clinical management in 53 patients (65%). Scans were ordered inappropriately in 34 patients (13%). Discussion: 123I-FP-CIT SPECT scans are being more frequently ordered and if used correctly can alter clinical management. Increased education on indications for use is required to reduce waste of resources and risk to patients. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Irish Medical Organisation en
dc.rights © 2018, Irish Medical Organisation. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Parkinson’s disease en
dc.subject Dopamine transporter scans en
dc.subject Dopaminergic deficit en
dc.subject Clinical management en
dc.subject Dopamine transporters (DAT) en
dc.subject Parkinson disease (PD) en
dc.title The utility of dopamine transporter scans for diagnosing Parkinsonian disorders en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Grace F. Crotty, Neurology Department, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Medical Journal en

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