What are the risks of a DaTscan?

What are the risks of a DaTscan?

While DaTscan is FDA-approved, there are side effects related to DaTscan, as with all radiopharmaceuticals. In clinical trials, the most common side effects were headache, nausea, dry mouth, or dizziness. These occurred in less than 1% of patients studied.

Are you radioactive after a DaTscan?

A DaTscan is a brain imaging test. It is used to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. A small amount of radioactive material (called a tracer) will be injected into your body. The radioactive material is safe.

How long are you radioactive after a DaTscan?

As you will be slightly radioactive for 48 hours after your injection we will advise you to avoid close and prolonged contact with pregnant women and small children.

Is a DaTscan radioactive?

DaTscan is a radioactive drug that is injected into your bloodstream to highlight areas of your brain so that images can be taken with a special camera (called a single-photon emission computed tomography [SPECT] camera).

How much radiation is in a DaTscan?

The Effective Dose resulting from a DaTscan administration with an administered activity of 185 MBq (5 mCi) is 3.94 mSv in an adult.

Can a DaTscan detect dementia?

DaTscan is unable to discriminate between Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple System Atrophy and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. To help differentiate probable dementia with Lewy bodies from Alzheimer’s disease. DaTscan is unable to discriminate between dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s disease dementia.

How do I prepare for a DaTscan?

There is no specific prep for DaTSCAN, and there are only 3 simple instructions. You’ll need to drink plenty of fluids the day before and the day of your procedure.

Is DaTscan an MRI?

This is because an MRI scanner involves magnets, which may interact with objects in your possession and could affect the image quality. WHAT IS DATSCAN™ IMAGING? DaTSCAN™ is a specialized imaging technique that allows doctors to capture detailed pictures of the dopamine neurons in your brain.

How are DaTSCANs ordered in the MSA database?

Methods: DaTscans in the MSA database had been ordered by four experienced movement disorders specialists based on the clinical course and presentation at the time of the test. Clinical diagnosis was established using the 2008 consensus criteria for all patients in the database including those that had recieved a DaTscan (2008).

What is DaTSCAN and is it safe?

DaTscan is an adjunct to other diagnostic evaluations. DaTscan emits radiation and must be handled with safety measures to minimize radiation exposure to clinical personnel and patients.

Does the DaTSCAN improve diagnosis of dopamine degeneration?

The DaTscan is presently being used as a tool to determine if dopamine degeneration is present, suggestive of a diagnosis of PD, MSA, PSP, or other variants. This study focused on evaluating whether the DaTscan impacted the diagnosis, confidence of diagnosis, or clinical management of patients.

Does the DaTSCAN have an impact on clinical decision making?

In conclusion, our study showed that the DaTscan does have an impact on clinical decision making. Although the diagnosis itself may not change much, physicians stated that the scan did have an impact on their final diagnosis, confidence in their diagnosis, and clinical management of the patient.