Functional imaging of neurotransmitter systems in movement disorders


Ilgin N.

QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE, vol.42, no.3, pp.179-192, 1998 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Title of Journal : QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.179-192
  • Keywords: neurotransmitters, tomography, emission computed, tomography, emission computed, single photon, POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY, F-18 DOPA-PET, PROGRESSIVE SUPRANUCLEAR PALSY, NIGROSTRIATAL DOPAMINERGIC SYSTEM, EARLY PARKINSONS-DISEASE, MONOAMINE-OXIDASE-B, BRAIN MAO-B, C-11 RACLOPRIDE, IN-VIVO, STRIATONIGRAL DEGENERATION

Abstract

PET and SPECT enable the direct measurement of com ponents of the dopaminergic and other systems in the living human brain and offer unique opportunity for the in vivo quantification of the dopaminergic function in PD and other movement disorders. The need to establish the early and differential diagnosis of PD is increasingly important given the recent evidence that early pharmacologic intervention may slow progression of this progressive degenerative disease. Accordingly, imaging with PET and SPECT using specific neuromarkers has been increasingly important to biochemically identify the loss of specific neurotransmitters, their synthesizing enzymes and their receptors in movement disorders. Through the parallel development of new radiotracers, kinetic models and better instruments, PET and SPECT technology is enabling investigation of increasingly more complex aspects of the human brain neurotransmitter systems. This paper summarizes the results of different PET-SPECT studies used to evaluate the various elements of the dopamine system in the human brain with PET and intends to introduce the newly emerging specific tracers and their applications to clinical research in movement disorders.