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Neuroimaging in the early diagnosis of neurodegenerative disease

A Jon Stoessl

Author Affiliations

Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre, University of British Columbia & Vancouver Coastal Health, 2221 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 2B5, Canada

Translational Neurodegeneration 2012, 1:5  doi:10.1186/2047-9158-1-5

Published: 13 January 2012

Abstract

Functional imaging may be useful for both the early diagnosis as well as preclinical detection of neurodegenerative disease. Additionally, while structural imaging has traditionally been regarded as a tool to exclude alternate diagnoses, recent advances in magnetic resonance show promise for greater diagnostic specificity. The role of MR and radionuclide imaging in early diagnosis and preclinical detection of dementia and parkinsonism are reviewed here.