Dopamine Imaging in Idiopathic Parkinson Disease and Other Parkinsonisms

  • Yen F. Tai
  • Nicola PaveseEmail author
Part of the Current Clinical Neurology book series (CCNEU, volume 44)


Parkinsonism is clinically characterised by slowed movement, muscle rigidity, tremor at rest and postural instability, along with a variety of non-motor features. Many of these findings are closely linked to the progressive loss of nigrostriatal dopamine neurons. Various methods have been developed to image dopamine in the brain. This chapter will review the various imaging methods and summarise the diagnostic utility of dopamine imaging in idiopathic Parkinson disease (iPD) and other related disorders. Discussion will also provide insights into future applications of dopamine imaging, including its use as a biomarker in clinical trials.


Positron Emission Tomography Single Photon Emission Compute Tomography Dementia With Lewy Body Essential Tremor Dopamine Dysregulation Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologyImperial College Healthcare NHS TrustLondonUK
  2. 2.Centre for Neuroscience, Hammersmith Hospital CampusImperial College LondonLondonUK

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