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September 16, 2010

Neuroimaging Could Aid Early Diagnosis of Parkinson’s

Neuroimaging techniques can be used to predict if people with REM sleep disorder will develop neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, according to a study published in Lancet Neurology. Researchers from the Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer and

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Neuroimaging techniques can be used to predict if people with REM sleep disorder will develop neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, according to a study published in Lancet Neurology.

Researchers from the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer and the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona enrolled 43 patients with REM sleep disturbances and conducted neuroimaging tests such as 123I-FP-CIT SPECT and transcranial ultrasound.

The results showed that more than 60% of patients who did not have normal neuroimaging test results developed neurological disorders after two and a half years.

Patients with normal neuroimaging test results had not developed neurological disorders after two and a half years of follow-up.

A previous study conducted by the research team showed that REM sleep disturbances can be an early marker of neurological disorders.

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