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A 28-year-old male asked:

Can parkinson's be detected by a neck and spinal mri?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Not at this time: A far better test is a PET scan with an appropriate chemical tag for dopamine transporter function.
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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine 19 years experience
DAT scan: DAT scan... a nuclear imaging test can be helpful for evaluation of Parkinson's disease.
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Dr. Bert Liang
Specializes in Neurology
Not usually: With the exception of associative findings on MRI for particular syndromes, it isn't the best test for Parkinson Disease.
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Last updated Jun 7, 2017

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