Getting diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a shock to every patient. Patients receive their diagnosis after a clinical examination, not based on a lab test or on imaging results. In this video, Dr. Stern explains to a newly diagnosed patient with PD the variables he considers in a PD diagnosis. He also explains the role of dopamine imaging (a DaTscan) in the diagnosis of parkinsonian syndromes using advanced imaging technology. In the second half of the video,
Dr. Stern discusses the prognosis of a newly diagnosed patient, emphasizing that PD is a very heterogeneous condition with most patients living full and active lives for many years.
World Parkinson Coalition