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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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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