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  • Approval: This course is approved by ASRT - an approved continuing education provider of ARRT.
  • Release Date: 12/20/2019
  • Expiration Date: 1/1/2023
  • Credit Hours: 1.75 Credits
  • Course Description and objectives:

    Course Description
    The differential diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and the atypical parkinsonian syndromes is one of the most challenging clinical problems in neurology. False-positive and false-negative diagnoses are common, even at specialty centers. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become a cornerstone of the diagnostic process, enhancing the accuracy of clinical decision-making. Through the detection of disease-related changes in affected brain regions, MRI has proven invaluable in differentiating PD from multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, and corticobasal degeneration. Both conventional and advanced MRI techniques have yielded a better understanding of the underlying neurodegenerative processes associated with these conditions and offer the potential for earlier diagnosis, perhaps eventually in prodromal stages, thereby allowing prompt treatment and even the prevention of these debilitating disorders.

    Learning Objectives
    After reading this article, the participant should be able to:

    • Describe the utility of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the diagnosis and management of patients with movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and parkinsonism, Huntington disease, dystonia, and essential tremor.
    • Summarize the standard structural and functional imaging approaches used to evaluate disease-induced changes in brain regions associated with these neurodegenerative conditions.
    • Appraise the current state of research into emerging technical applications, such as high-field MRI and novel markers of disease progression, and their application in clinical settings.

    Categories:Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Radiology

  • CE Information:

    CE Information
    In order to receive CE credit, you must first complete the activity content. When completed, go to the “Take CE Test!” link to access the post-test.

    Submit the completed answers to determine if you have passed the post-test assessment. You must answer 6 out of 8 questions correctly to receive the CE credit. You will have no more than 3 attempts to successfully complete the post-test.

    Participants successfully completing the activity content and passing the post-test will receive 1.0 ARRT Category A credits.

    Approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists for ARRT Category A credit.

    Approved by the state of Florida for ARRT Category A credit.

    Course is approved for CME credit fulfillment by the ARMRIT.  

    Texas direct credit.

    This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT does not allow CE activities such as Internet courses, home study programs, or directed readings to be repeated for CE credit in the same biennium.

     


The Evolving Role of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Parkinson’s Disease and Atypical Parkinsonism Disorders

Steven Marks*

*President, MedCom Consultants, Inc, Potomac MD

Address correspondence to:
Steven Marks, MedCom Consultants Inc, 1311 Fallsmead Way, Potomac MD 20854. Email: steven.marks52@gmail.com.
Disclosure statement:
The author reports having no financial or advisory relationship with any corporate, medical, or political organization doing work related to this paper or other business activity at MedCom Consultants, Inc.

 

ABSTRACT

The differential diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) and the atypical parkinsonian syndromes is one of the most challenging clinical problems in neurology. False-positive and false-negative diagnoses are common, even at specialty centers. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become a cornerstone of the diagnostic process, enhancing the accuracy of clinical decision-making. Through the detection of disease-related changes in affected brain regions, MRI has proven invaluable in differentiating PD from multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, and corticobasal degeneration. Both conventional and advanced MRI techniques have yielded a better understanding of the underlying neurodegenerative processes associated with these conditions and offer the potential for earlier diagnosis, perhaps eventually in prodromal stages, thereby allowing prompt treatment and even the prevention of these debilitating disorders.

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