Parkinson’s Disease & Early Diagnosis- Free CEUs for Rad Techs



Parkinson’s Disease and DaTscan– the ability to provide patients with an early, accurate diagnosis for neurodegenerative movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s Disease, has been an on-going challenge that can take up to six years because of the dependence on symptom presentation. Unfortunately symptom presentation varies with patients. Also, other movement disorders, such as essential tremor, have similar symptoms, but they occur in different areas of the brain and do not involve the dopamine system. Now, the FDA has approved DaTscan, an imaging agent developed by GE Healthcare that can detect the presence of dopamine transporters (DaT) in the brain which allows physicians to diagnose and begin the correct course much earlier in the disease process.
List the signs and symptoms of Parkinsonian Syndrome and Essential Tremor
Identify differences between PS and ET
Describe how PS and ET are diagnosed
Describe the physical characteristics of DaTscan (I-123 ioflupane)
List the approved indications for DaTscan
Identify patients for which DaTscan is contraindicated
Determine the appropriate dosage for DaTscan
Describe the proper patient preparation required for DaTscan
Identify appropriate acquisition and processing parameters, and
Differentiate between normal and abnormal cases

1.0 Free AHRA CEUs for Radiologic Technicians

Expires 12/31/14

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