Neurol India Home 

Year : 2018  |  Volume : 66  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 68--78

Neuroimaging in Parkinsonian Disorders

Madhavi Tripathi1, Atin Kumar2, Chandrasekhar Bal1 
1 Department of Nuclear Medicine, All Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Madhavi Tripathi
Department of Nuclear Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029

Neuroimaging (NI) in Parkinson's disease (PD) includes functional techniques like positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), and morphological imaging using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and transcranial sonography to probe different aspects of the neurobiology of PD. Changes in neurotransmitters in various regions of the brain and their influence on brain networks is the basis for the motor symptoms of PD which are interrogated by NI. The recent Movement Disorders Society Clinical Diagnostic Criteria for PD (MDS-PD) have included the results of a few of these neuroimaging techniques to serve as single supportive criteria or absolute exclusion criteria for the diagnosis of PD. While dopaminergic imaging is useful in the early stages of disease to differentiate the neurodegenerative versus non-degenerative causes of parkinsonism like essential tremors, it has also been used for the differential diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) from Alzheimer's disease (AD), for inclusion of PD patients into clinical trials and for evaluating response to cell–replacement therapies in PD. Metabolic patterns on F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography have been used effectively for the classification and differential diagnosis of the parkinsonian syndromes using visual and quantitative approaches. Disease related network-patterns have been used for a completely automated approach to differential diagnosis of parkinsonian syndromes on a single case basis. Structural MRI and advanced MR techniques have been used for the classification of PD and the atypical parkinsonian syndromes. Thus, multimodal imaging in PD may aid in an early, accurate and objective diagnostic classification by highlighting the underlying neurochemical and neuroanatomical changes that underlie this spectrum of disorders. The present challenge in PD is to develop radioligands which could bind selectively to alphasynuclein in-vivo.

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Tripathi M, Kumar A, Bal C. Neuroimaging in Parkinsonian Disorders.Neurol India 2018;66:68-78

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Tripathi M, Kumar A, Bal C. Neuroimaging in Parkinsonian Disorders. Neurol India [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 Jun 12 ];66:68-78
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