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Joana Jesus-Ribeiro, António Freire, João Sargento-Freitas, Mário Sousa, Fernando Silva, Fradique Moreira, Maria João Cunha, Uwe Walter, Cristina Januário
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) can sometimes be a challenge in the early stages of the disease. Both transcranial sonography (TCS) and DaTSCAN are recommended as auxiliary examinations for the differential diagnosis of PD; however, only few data exist regarding their diagnostic accuracy in the early stage of PD and essential tremor (ET). METHODS: We evaluated patients with clinically suspected diagnosis of PD at early stages (Hoehn and Yahr ≤2) or ET...
October 18, 2016: European Neurology
Yi C Zhang, Alexander C Kagen
TensorFlow is a second-generation open-source machine learning software library with a built-in framework for implementing neural networks in wide variety of perceptual tasks. Although TensorFlow usage is well established with computer vision datasets, the TensorFlow interface with DICOM formats for medical imaging remains to be established. Our goal is to extend the TensorFlow API to accept raw DICOM images as input; 1513 DaTscan DICOM images were obtained from the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) database...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
Patrizia Mammi, Rodolfo Brianti, Laura Galuppo, Paolo Caffarra
INTRODUCTION: Parkinsonism may occur after brain lesions such as subarachnoid hemorrhage (1), hydrocephalus (2,3), slit ventricle (4), or shunt revision (5).Until now, pathogenesis remains unclear. METHOD: Case Report. RESULTS: We described the case of a 53 years Caucasian male with subarachnoid hemorrhage after anterior communicating artery aneurysm rupture, with subsequent complications and early development of bilateral extrapiramidal symptoms...
2016: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Allison K Graebner, Daniel Tarsy, Ludy C Shih, Veronique Vanderhorst, Omesh Kulkarni, Scott Kaplan, David K Simon
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The clinical diagnosis of degenerative forms of parkinsonism is imperfect, with past studies reporting a high rate of misdiagnosis by neurologists and movement disorder specialists, particularly early in the disease course. 123I-ioflupane SPECT (DaTscan) is a diagnostic neuroimaging tool used to distinguish essential tremor from tremor due to degenerative parkinsonisms. The present study expands upon prior studies of the clinical impact of DaTscan imaging in movement disorder centers by assessing quantitative estimates of diagnostic certainty, the impact on subsequent clinical decisions, and the degree to which the asymmetry in the results corresponds to laterality by clinical history and examination...
September 10, 2016: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
Tao Xie, Daniel Appelbaum, Jacqueline Bernard, Mahesh Padmanaban, Yonglin Pu, Christopher Gomez
It is unclear whether patients with spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6) have parkinsonism and striatal dopamine transporter (DAT) loss, based on previously small size studies without well-matched controls. A study with a larger number of patients and both age- and gender-matched healthy controls (HCs) is needed for a better answer to this question. Twelve genetically confirmed ataxic SCA6 patients (six male six female, age 65.3 ± 11.2 years), and eight age- and gender-matched HCs (five male three female, age 71...
November 2016: Journal of Neurology
Kota Yokoyama, Etsuko Imabayashi, Kaoru Sumida, Daichi Sone, Yukio Kimura, Noriko Sato, Youhei Mukai, Miho Murata, Hiroshi Matsuda
PURPOSE: For the quantitative assessment of dopamine transporter (DAT) using [(123)I]FP-CIT single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) (DaTscan), anatomic standardization is preferable for achieving objective and user-independent quantification of striatal binding using a volume-of-interest (VOI) template. However, low accumulation of DAT in Parkinson's disease (PD) would lead to a deformation error when using a DaTscan-specific template without any structural information. To avoid this deformation error, we applied computed tomography (CT) data obtained using SPECT/CT equipment to anatomic standardization...
August 20, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Adriana P Hermida, A Umair Janjua, Oliver M Glass, Camille P Vaughan, Felicia Goldstein, Lynn Marie Trotti, Stewart A Factor
Lithium is a mood stabilizer rarely associated with drug-induced parkinsonism (DIP). We present a case of an elderly woman with bipolar disorder who developed parkinsonian symptoms after chronic lithium administration despite therapeutic serum levels. Upon evaluation, classic parkinsonian signs of muscle rigidity, tremor, bradykinesia, freezing of gait, and cognitive decline were observed. Initially, she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD); however, DaTscan SPECT imaging clarified the diagnosis as DIP...
August 12, 2016: International Psychogeriatrics
Zuzana Walker, Emilio Moreno, Alan Thomas, Fraser Inglis, Naji Tabet, Tim Stevens, Tim Whitfield, Dag Aarsland, Michael Rainer, Alessandro Padovani
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that core and suggestive features in possible dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) would vary in their ability to predict an abnormal dopamine transporter scan and therefore a follow-up diagnosis of probable DLB. A further objective was to assess the evolution of core and suggestive features in patients with possible DLB over time depending on the (123)I-FP-CIT SPECT scan result. METHODS: A total of 187 patients with possible DLB (dementia plus one core or one suggestive feature) were randomized to have dopamine transporter imaging or to follow-up without scan...
September 6, 2016: Neurology
Daniel A Monti, George Zabrecky, Daniel Kremens, Tsao-Wei Liang, Nancy A Wintering, Jingli Cai, Xiatao Wei, Anthony J Bazzan, Li Zhong, Brendan Bowen, Charles M Intenzo, Lorraine Iacovitti, Andrew B Newberg
BACKGOUND: The purpose of this study was to assess the biological and clinical effects of n-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) in Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS: The overarching goal of this pilot study was to generate additional data about potentially protective properties of NAC in PD, using an in vitro and in vivo approach. In preparation for the clinical study we performed a cell tissue culture study with human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived midbrain dopamine (mDA) neurons that were treated with rotenone as a model for PD...
2016: PloS One
Jan Luzny, Katerina Ivanova
Differential diagnosis between Lewy body disease and Alzheimer´s disease might be difficult because of similarities of clinical symptoms in both neurodegenerative diseases. DatSCAN is a modern functional neuroimmaging method which differentiates between this similar diseases and helps in correct treatment strategy. We report our positive experience with DatSCAN in differentiating Lewy body disease from Alzheimer´s disease. This is a case report of a woman with Lewy body disease, initially diagnosed as Alzheimer´s disease...
June 2016: Archives of Iranian Medicine
E Premi, A Pilotto, V Garibotto, B Bigni, R Turrone, A Alberici, E Cottini, L Poli, M Bianchi, A Formenti, M Cosseddu, S Gazzina, M Magoni, M Bertoli, B Paghera, B Borroni, A Padovani
BACKGROUND: Impulse Control Disorder symptoms (ICD) in Parkinson's disease (PD) has been recently associated by magnetic Resonance imaging with impaired cortico-striatal connectivity, especially between left putamen and frontal associative areas. METHODS: 84 patients entered the study (21 PD-ICD+ and 64 PD-ICD-) and underwent DATSCAN imaging. The striatal tracer uptake was evaluated using BRASS software (Hermes, Sweden). The whole-brain analysis was performed with Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM)...
September 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Michael A King, Joyeeta M Mukherjee, Arda Könik, I George Zubal, Joyoni Dey, Robert Licho
For the 2011 FDA approved Parkinson's Disease (PD) SPECT imaging agent I-123 labeled DaTscan, the volume of interest (VOI) is the interior portion of the brain. However imaging of the occipital lobe is also required with PD for calculation of the striatal binding ratio (SBR), a parameter of significance in early diagnosis, differentiation of PD from other disorders with similar clinical presentations, and monitoring progression. Thus we propose the usage of a combination of a multi-pinhole (MPH) collimator on one head of the SPECT system and a fan-beam on the other...
February 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
W Langsteger, A Rezaee, W Loidl, H S Geinitz, F Fitz, M Steinmair, G Broinger, L Pallwien-Prettner, M Beheshti, L Imamovic, M Beheshti, G Rendl, D Hackl, O Tsybrovsky, M Steinmair, K Emmanuel, F Moinfar, C Pirich, W Langsteger, A Bytyqi, G Karanikas, M Mayerhöfer, O Koperek, B Niederle, M Hartenbach, T Beyer, K Herrmann, J Czernin, I Rausch, P Rust, M D DiFranco, M Lassen, A Stadlbauer, M E Mayerhöfer, M Hartenbach, M Hacker, T Beyer, K Binzel, R Magnussen, W Wei, M U Knopp, D C Flanigan, C Kaeding, M V Knopp, A Leisser, M Nejabat, M Hartenbach, G Kramer, M Krainer, M Hacker, A Haug, Wencke Lehnert, Karl Schmidt, Sharok Kimiaei, Marcus Bronzel, Andreas Kluge, C L Wright, K Binzel, J Zhang, Evan Wuthrick, Piotr Maniawski, M V Knopp, M Blaickner, E Rados, A Huber, M Dulovits, H Kulkarni, S Wiessalla, C Schuchardt, R P Baum, B Knäusl, D Georg, M Bauer, B Wulkersdorfer, W Wadsak, C Philippe, H Haslacher, M Zeitlinger, O Langer, M Bauer, M Feldmann, R Karch, W Wadsak, M Zeitlinger, M J Koepp, M-C Asselin, E Pataraia, O Langer, M Zeilinger, C Philippe, M Dumanic, F Pichler, J Pilz, M Hacker, W Wadsak, M Mitterhauser, L Nics, B Steiner, M Hacker, M Mitterhauser, W Wadsak, A Traxl, Thomas Wanek, Kushtrim Kryeziu, Severin Mairinger, Johann Stanek, Walter Berger, Claudia Kuntner, Oliver Langer, S Mairinger, T Wanek, A Traxl, M Krohn, J Stanek, T Filip, M Sauberer, C Kuntner, J Pahnke, O Langer, D Svatunek, C Denk, M Wilkovitsch, T Wanek, T Filip, C Kuntner-Hannes, J Fröhlich, H Mikula, C Denk, D Svatunek, T Wanek, S Mairinger, J Stanek, T Filip, J Fröhlich, H Mikula, C Kuntner-Hannes, T Balber, J Singer, J Fazekas, C Rami-Mark, N Berroterán-Infante, E Jensen-Jarolim, W Wadsak, M Hacker, H Viernstein, M Mitterhauser, C Denk, D Svatunek, B Sohr, H Mikula, J Fröhlich, T Wanek, C Kuntner-Hannes, T Filip, S Pfaff, C Philippe, M Mitterhauser, M Hartenbach, M Hacker, W Wadsak, T Wanek, E Halilbasic, M Visentin, S Mairinger, B Stieger, C Kuntner, M Trauner, O Langer, P Lam, M Aistleitner, R Eichinger, C Artner, H Eidherr, C Vraka, A Haug, M Mitterhauser, L Nics, M Hartenbach, M Hacker, W Wadsak, H Kvaternik, R Müller, D Hausberger, C Zink, R M Aigner, U Cossío, M Asensio, A Montes, S Akhtar, Y Te Welscher, R van Nostrum, V Gómez-Vallejo, J Llop, F VandeVyver, T Barclay, N Lippens, M Troch, L Hehenwarter, B Egger, J Holzmannhofer, M Rodrigues-Radischat, C Pirich, N Pötsch, I Rausch, D Wilhelm, M Weber, J Furtner, G Karanikas, A Wöhrer, M Mitterhauser, M Hacker, T Traub-Weidinger, T Cassou-Mounat, S Balogova, V Nataf, M Calzada, V Huchet, K Kerrou, J-Y Devaux, M Mohty, L Garderet, J-N Talbot, S Stanzel, G Pregartner, T Schwarz, V Bjelic-Radisic, B Liegl-Atzwanger, R Aigner, S Stanzel, F Quehenberger, R M Aigner, A Koljević Marković, Milica Janković, V Miler Jerković, M Paskaš, G Pupić, R Džodić, D Popović, M C Fornito, D Familiari, P Koranda, H Polzerová, I Metelková, L Henzlová, R Formánek, E Buriánková, M Kamínek, W H Thomson, C Lewis, W H Thomson, J O'Brien, G James, A Notghi, H Huber, I Stelzmüller, R Wunn, M Mandl, F Fellner, B Lamprecht, M Gabriel, M C Fornito, G Leonardi, W H Thomson, J O'Brien, G James, J Hudzietzová, J Sabol, M Fülöp
A1 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT in staging and restaging of Prostate Cancer Patients: comparative study with 18F-Choline PET/CTW Langsteger, A Rezaee, W Loidl, HS Geinitz, F Fitz, M Steinmair, G Broinger, L Pallwien-Prettner, M BeheshtiA2 F18 Choline PET - CT: an accurate diagnostic tool for the detection of parathyroid adenoma?L Imamovic, M Beheshti, G Rendl, D Hackl, O Tsybrovsky, M Steinmair, K Emmanuel, F Moinfar, C Pirich, W LangstegerA3 [18F]Fluoro-DOPA-PET/CT in the primary diagnosis of medullary thyroid carcinomaA Bytyqi, G Karanikas, M Mayerhöfer, O Koperek, B Niederle, M HartenbachA4 Variations of clinical PET/MR operations: An international survey on the clinical utilization of PET/MRIT Beyer, K Herrmann, J CzerninA5 Standard Dixon-based attenuation correction in combined PET/MRI: Reproducibility and the possibility of Lean body mass estimationI Rausch, P Rust, MD DiFranco, M Lassen, A Stadlbauer, ME Mayerhöfer, M Hartenbach, M Hacker, T BeyerA6 High resolution digital FDG PET/MRI imaging for assessment of ACL graft viabilityK Binzel, R Magnussen, W Wei, MU Knopp, DC Flanigan, C Kaeding, MV KnoppA7 Using pre-existing hematotoxicity as predictor for severe side effects and number of treatment cycles of Xofigo therapyA Leisser, M Nejabat, M Hartenbach, G Kramer, M Krainer, M Hacker, A HaugA8 QDOSE - comprehensive software solution for internal dose assessmentWencke Lehnert, Karl Schmidt, Sharok Kimiaei, Marcus Bronzel, Andreas KlugeA9 Clinical impact of Time-of-Flight on next-generation digital PET imaging of Yttrium-90 radioactivity following liver radioembolizationCL Wright, K Binzel, J Zhang, Evan Wuthrick, Piotr Maniawski, MV KnoppA10 Snakes in patients! Lessons learned from programming active contours for automated organ segmentationM Blaickner, E Rados, A Huber, M Dulovits, H Kulkarni, S Wiessalla, C Schuchardt, RP Baum, B Knäusl, D GeorgA11 Influence of a genetic polymorphism on brain uptake of the dual ABCB1/ABCG2 substrate [11C]tariquidarM Bauer, B Wulkersdorfer, W Wadsak, C Philippe, H Haslacher, M Zeitlinger, O LangerA12 Outcome prediction of temporal lobe epilepsy surgery from P-glycoprotein activity...
April 2016: EJNMMI Research
Morgan Broggi, Veronica Redaelli, Giovanni Tringali, Francesco Restelli, Luigi Romito, Silvia Schiavolin, Fabrizio Tagliavini, Giovanni Broggi
OBJECTIVE: Idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) may present, besides the classic triad of symptoms, with extrapyramidal parkinsonianlike movement disorders. We present a randomized prospective study comparing adjustable ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt insertion plus dopamine oral therapy (group A) versus VP shunt alone (group B) in patients affected by iNPH associated with parkinsonism. METHODS: A detailed screening process included neurologic, neurosurgical, and neuropsychological evaluations, followed by a cerebrospinal fluid tap test and resistance outflow measurement...
June 2016: World Neurosurgery
Inga B Fricke, Thomas Viel, Maik M Worlitzer, Franziska M Collmann, Alexis Vrachimis, Andreas Faust, Lydia Wachsmuth, Cornelius Faber, Frédéric Dollé, Michael T Kuhlmann, Klaus Schäfers, Sven Hermann, Jens C Schwamborn, Andreas H Jacobs
Parkinson's disease is a slowly progressing neurodegenerative disorder caused by loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra (SN), leading to severe impairment in motor and non-motor functions. Endogenous subventricular zone (SVZ) neural stem cells constantly give birth to new cells that might serve as a possible source for regeneration in the adult brain. However, neurodegeneration is accompanied by neuroinflammation and dopamine depletion, potentially compromising regeneration. We therefore employed in vivo imaging methods to study striatal deafferentation (N-ω-fluoropropyl-2β-carbomethoxy-3β-(4-[(123) I]iodophenyl)nortropane single photon emission computed tomography, DaTscan(™) ) and neuroinflammation in the SN and striatum (N,N-diethyl-2-(2-(4-(2-[(18) F]fluoroethoxy)phenyl)-5,7-dimethylpyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidin-3-yl)acetamide positron emission tomography, [(18) F]DPA-714 PET) in the intranigral 6-hydroxydopamine Parkinson's disease mouse model...
May 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Irene Pulido-Valdeolivas, David Gómez-Andrés, Irene Sanz-Gallego, Estrella Rausell, Javier Arpa
BACKGROUND: Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the cerebellar system and other subcortical regions of the brain. As for other cerebellar diseases, the severity of this type of ataxia can be assessed with the Scale for Assessment and Rating of Ataxia (SARA) which gives a total score that reflects functional impairment out of 8 cerebellar function tests. SCA3 patients score profile is heterogeneous on at the start of follow up. This study investigates possible patterns in those profiles and analyses the impact of other usually concurrent signs of impairment of extracerebellar motor systems in that profile variability by means of multivariate statistical approaches...
2016: Cerebellum & Ataxias
Enrique Garea-Rodríguez, Ave Eesmaa, Päivi Lindholm, Christina Schlumbohm, Jessica König, Birgit Meller, Kerstin Krieglstein, Gunther Helms, Mart Saarma, Eberhard Fuchs
Cerebral dopamine neurotrophic factor (CDNF) belongs to a newly discovered family of evolutionarily conserved neurotrophic factors. We demonstrate for the first time a therapeutic effect of CDNF in a unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) lesion model of Parkinson's disease in marmoset monkeys. Furthermore, we tested the impact of high chronic doses of human recombinant CDNF on unlesioned monkeys and analyzed the amino acid sequence of marmoset CDNF. The severity of 6-OHDA lesions and treatment effects were monitored in vivo using 123I-FP-CIT (DaTSCAN) SPECT...
2016: PloS One
Antonio Augimeri, Andrea Cherubini, Giuseppe Lucio Cascini, Domenico Galea, Maria Eugenia Caligiuri, Gaetano Barbagallo, Gennarina Arabia, Aldo Quattrone
BACKGROUND: Dopamine transporter (DaT) imaging (DaTSCAN) is useful for the differential diagnosis of parkinsonian syndromes. Visual evaluation of DaTSCAN images represents the generally accepted diagnostic method, but it is strongly dependent on the observer's experience and shows inter- and intra-observer variability. A reliable and automatic method for DaTSCAN evaluation can provide objective quantification; it is desirable for longitudinal studies, and it allows for a better follow-up control...
December 2016: EJNMMI Physics
Gennaro Pagano, Nicola Ferrara, David J Brooks, Nicola Pavese
OBJECTIVE: To explore clinical phenotype and characteristics of Parkinson disease (PD) at different ages at onset in recently diagnosed patients with untreated PD. METHODS: We have analyzed baseline data from the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative database. Four hundred twenty-two patients with a diagnosis of PD confirmed by DaTSCAN imaging were divided into 4 groups according to age at onset (onset younger than 50 years, 50-59 years, 60-69 years, and 70 years or older) and investigated for differences in side, type and localization of symptoms, occurrence/severity of motor and nonmotor features, nigrostriatal function, and CSF biomarkers...
April 12, 2016: Neurology
Takashi Asahi, Daina Kashiwazaki, Tatsuya Yoneyama, Kyo Noguchi, Satoshi Kuroda
(123)I-ioflupane SPECT (DaTscan) is an examination that detects presynaptic dopamine neuronal dysfunction, and has been used as a diagnostic tool to identify degenerative parkinsonism. Additionally, myocardial (123)I-metaiodobenzyl guanidine (MIBG) scintigraphy measures the concentration of cardiac sympathetic nerve fibers and is used to diagnose Parkinson's disease (PD). These exams are used as adjuncts in the diagnosis of parkinsonism, however, the relationship of these two examinations are not well-known...
2016: Neurologia Medico-chirurgica
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