In the United States, between 50,000 and 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed. It is estimated that as many as one million people around the country suffer from the condition.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Nearly one million people in the US are living with Parkinson’s disease. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms.
Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain, called neurons. Parkinson’s primarily affects neurons in an area of the brain called the substantia nigra. Some of these dying neurons produce dopamine, a chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. As PD progresses, the amount of dopamine produced in the brain decreases, leaving a person unable to control movement normally.
Capitol Imaging Services performs DaTscan Ioflupane I123 exams at select centers, to confirm a diagnosis of Parkinson’s. Click here to learn more about DaTscan, approved by the Food & Drug Administration over a decade ago.
Capitol Imaging Service is the largest independent radiology practice of its type serving the southeastern United States. Not only do we perform the scan such as an MRI or DaTscan, we provide the radiology expertise to review test images and issue important findings to physicians and other health care providers.
Capitol Imaging Services also often lowers out of pocket costs for people by performing exams at lower fees. For those with unfulfilled health insurance deductibles, that’s a major financial advantage.
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