What is DaTSCAN?

Parkinson; It is a degenerative and progressive disease that affects the central nervous system, especially the motor system that manages our movements.

In the differential diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, brain SPECT (single photon emission tomography) imaging is performed with a radioactive component named DaTSCAN / I-23 IOUFLUPANE. It is used for accurate diagnosis in patients with Parkinson’s disease symptoms such as walking and movement problems, balance, tremor and loss of coordination.

Ioflupane in DaTSCAN binds to the structures responsible for transporting dopamine in the brain, so that nerve cells in the back of the brain can be displayed that help recycle dopamine, which plays a role in the body’s movement control system. As a result, a distinction can be made between parkinsonian syndromes in which there is damage in this area of the brain and essential tremor that has caused movement disorders in this area without any damage.


Patient Preparation

• Some medications may need to be stopped before the examination.
• No hunger is required.

• No hunger is required.
• Imaging is done after 3-6 hours, followed by 30-35 minutes with the necessary support to the head.
• Before the procedure and for 2 days after the procedure, abundant fluid intake and frequent urination are recommended.

Side effects

No serious side effects were reported due to the review. Sometimes mild to moderate headache, nausea, dizziness, dry mouth can be seen in some cases. On the other hand, hypersensitivity reactions in the form of rash and itching improve spontaneously or after the administration of corticosteroids / antihistamines.

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