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Parkinson's Disease
How is Parkinson's Disease Detected?
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What is Parkinson's Disease?
What Causes Parkinson's Disease?
What are the Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease?
How is Parkinson's Disease Detected?
How Can Parkinson's Disease be Prevented?
What is the Prognosis for Parkinson's Disease?
What Does the Future Hold for Parkinson's Disease?
How Can I Help?

The detection of Parkinson's disease is often complex. It is based upon both a patients medical history and a neurological examination. One of the most well known tests used in the examination is called the Unified Parkinsons Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS). The UPDRS examines a patients ability to perform a variety of daily activities and consists of a careful examination by a neurologist. A patient may also partake in a motor physiology test that measures the force and speed at which the patient performs certain tasks. In recent years an increasingly important area of diagnostic testing is neuroimaging. Through Position Emission Tomography (PET) scanning, neurologists can measure the neurons present in nerve cells in the brain. By measuring neuron loss over time, PET scanning can also show how quickly the disease is progressing.  Another technique used by doctors in diagnosing Parkinson's disease is performing tests to rule out other similar diseases. The detection of Parkinson's disease is most often complex and requires skilled doctors and neurologists.

PET Scan
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A PET Scan can range anywhere in price from US$2500 to US$6000!

How Can Parkinson's Disease be Prevented?