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DaTscan (ioflupane)

DaTscan brain imaging exam in St. Louis

Description

DaTSCAN is a specialized imaging technique that allows doctors to capture detailed pictures of neurons in your brain. The technique involves the use of a radiopharmaceutical agent (a chemical compound) that is injected into a vein and taken up by the brain's cells. The cells can then be detected through SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scanning. This is often used to detect the presence of Parkinson's disease.

Imaging Areas

brain, head, neck and thyroid

Typical Preparations

Wear comfortable clothing. Bring a current list of medications. Do not start any new medicine before your exam without consulting your physician or us first. Follow any pre-test instructions given to you. Contraindications Please let us know if you are: • Pregnant or nursing • Allergic to iodine • Taking stimulants or antidepressants. Some can interfere with this test.


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