Clinical summary: use of DaTSCAN

The diagnosis of Parkinson’s is primarily clinical. However, where there is uncertainty, presynaptic dopaminergic imaging may help establish the correct diagnosis. The main technique is FP-CIT SPECT, also known as DaTSCAN. This identifies the dopamine transporter.

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Topic
  • Care strategies
  • Research
  • Service improvement
  • Technology and digital health
Resource type
  • Publications
Profession
  • All professions
  • Care manager
  • Care worker
  • Dietitian
  • Doctor (Geriatrician)
  • Doctor (GP)
  • Doctor (Neurologist)
  • Doctor (Other)
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Nurse (other)
  • Nurse (Parkinson's nurse)
  • Occupational therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Social care assessor
  • Social worker
  • Speech and language therapist
Stage
  • Diagnosis

This clinical summary and 7 associated critically appraised topics are in need of review. They have been moved to the Excellence Network resource library on Basecamp (online platform) until they can be reviewed. 

 

  CAT 1: Accuracy   CAT 5: Uptake pattern
  CAT 2: Prognosis   CAT 6: Drug interactions
  CAT 3: Cost-effectiveness   CAT 7: Neurogenetic parkinsonian conditions
  CAT 4: Applications  

 

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