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Dancing Bear

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Hello Doctor,


I had an MRI and Datscan in my baseline testing that aided in my diagnosis of idiopathic PD  several years ago. I am doing well with my sinemet and requip ER combination for symptom control so far.  I do have some history in my family for Alzheimers but not PD.


My question is this.  Is there any advancements in diagnostic imaging that can detect things like Lewy Body dementia or other PD complications?  Is there any value in periodic MRI type imaging along the way in the course of this disease? My initial guess is that most diagnosis still hinge on symptom identification and of course post mortem studies.


Thanks for your time as always!

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At the moment no but there are MRI techniques in trial (free water imaging for example) and special PET ligands that may in the future be helpful.

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