Journal Highlight: Diffusion MRI in the diagnosis of parkinsonism and tremor

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  • Published: Dec 13, 2013
  • Author: spectroscopyNOW
  • Channels: MRI Spectroscopy
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The advantages of diffusion MRI over conventional MRI for differentiating patients with Parkinson’s disease, atypical parkinsonian disorders and essential tremor are discussed.

Diffusion MRI in the diagnosis of parkinsonism and tremor

Movement Disorders, 2013, 28, 1762-1763
Stéphane Lehéricy

Abstract: The advantages of diffusion MRI over conventional MRI for differentiating patients with Parkinson’s disease, atypical parkinsonian disorders (eg, progressive supranuclear palsy and the Parkinson’s variant of multiple system atrophy) and essential tremor are discussed. Quantitative MRI methods offer new ways of studying brain microanatomy and changes in tissue properties by providing surrogate parameters that characterize neurodegeneration. The combined advances in MRI acquisition and image analysis techniques provide increasingly effective methods for the investigation of brain neurodegenerative processes involved in movement disorders as well as improved diagnostic tools.

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