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What are the tests for Parkinson's disease?

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In brief: Honestly, none...BUT

Diagnosis of parkinson's by clinical means.
Aka, with a good history & exam by an experienced neurologist or pcp. No lab abnormalities or even unique MRI changes are seen in pd. But, we do now have dat scan from ge healthcare. This nuclear medicine imaging study tells us simply yes or no, whether a patient has true degenerative Dopamine deficiency. So, it rules out mimicry of vs true parkinsonism.

In brief: Honestly, none...BUT

Diagnosis of parkinson's by clinical means.
Aka, with a good history & exam by an experienced neurologist or pcp. No lab abnormalities or even unique MRI changes are seen in pd. But, we do now have dat scan from ge healthcare. This nuclear medicine imaging study tells us simply yes or no, whether a patient has true degenerative Dopamine deficiency. So, it rules out mimicry of vs true parkinsonism.
Dr. Robert Hutchman
Dr. Robert Hutchman
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Dr. Jerome Lisk
Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Test 4 Parkinsons

Parkinson Disease (PD) is diagnosed by a neurological exam by a Neurologists, preferably one with a fellowship in Movement Disorders.
A MRI Brain is usually done to rule out brain tumor or other cause that can mimic PD. A DaTScan (MRI Spectroscopy) can see if you have Parkinsonism but doesn't tell you if its idiopathic PD or secondary PD (MSA,LewyBody,PSP, etc.). There is no other tests yet.

In brief: Test 4 Parkinsons

Parkinson Disease (PD) is diagnosed by a neurological exam by a Neurologists, preferably one with a fellowship in Movement Disorders.
A MRI Brain is usually done to rule out brain tumor or other cause that can mimic PD. A DaTScan (MRI Spectroscopy) can see if you have Parkinsonism but doesn't tell you if its idiopathic PD or secondary PD (MSA,LewyBody,PSP, etc.). There is no other tests yet.
Dr. Jerome Lisk
Dr. Jerome Lisk
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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: DAT scan

Dat scan imaging can be helpful to differentiate essential tremor from parkinson's disease.

In brief: DAT scan

Dat scan imaging can be helpful to differentiate essential tremor from parkinson's disease.
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
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