August 30, 2011, www.cxvascular.com
Northwestern Memorial Hospital is among the first institutions in the USA to offer DaTscan (GE Healthcare), the only FDA-approved imaging agent for assessment of movement disorders. This technology allows doctors to differentiate Parkinson’s from other movement disorders. Until now, there were no definitive tests to identify the disease, forcing physicians to rely on clinical examinations to make a diagnosis.
“The scan by itself does not make the diagnosis of Parkinson’s but it allows us to identify patients who have loss of dopamine, the major chemical responsible for the symptoms, from those who have no dopamine deficiency,” said Tanya Simuni, a neurologist at Northwestern Memorial and director of Northwestern’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center. “This is a very important step in being able to accurately identify and treat movement disorders and hopefully allow us to better understand these diseases over time.” Read the rest of the article.