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Ioflupane I 123 - DaTscan

 DaTascan, also known as Ioflupane I 123, is an intravenous radiopharmaceutical or radioactive agent used to find and treat diseases located in the brain.

DaTascan is used in a procedure called SPECT scan (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) that is taken under the direct supervision of a specialist trained in nuclear medicine. The scan allows the specialist to see images of the brain in order to detect the presence of symptoms related to Parkinsonian syndromes (tremors) and other moving disorders, including:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple system atrophyDaTascan_Small
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy

Using DaTscan

The procedure is performed with the help of an intravenous injection administered before the SPECT scan.

Before having a DaT scan test, it is important to discuss with your doctor some of the following risks:

  • Pediatric – DaTscan is not intended for children.
  • Allergies – should be mentioned prior to the procedure, including allergies to dyes, preservatives, animals or foods.
  • Geriatric – in elderly people the usefulness of DaTscan ioflupane I 123 may be limited.
  • Breastfeeding
  • Pregnancy – an adverse effect exists
  • Other Drugs – discuss your prescription medicine prior to procedure

After the procedure it is important to drink plenty of fluids and urinate right away and often during the following 48 hours.

Some common risks and side effects of DaT scan are:

  • Headache
  • Vertigo
  • Increased appetite
  • Formication
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Pain is unusual and radiation risks are low

How Does DaTscan Work?

DaT scan detects the presence of dopamine transporters in the brain. When the patient is injected with the contrast agent, the SPECT scan takes place and it captures detailed neuro-images of the brain’s dopamine system, providing visual evidence of the transporters. Other aspects the SPECT scan examine distinct brain functions and chemical reactions.

DaT scan illuminates on the SPECT scan showing presence of dopamine neurons, and according to this assessment, the more light areas there are, the more healthy brain cells remain. Dark areas in the brain may indicate some type of Parkinsonian syndrome. Nevertheless, proper clinical diagnosis for neurodegenerative movement disorders can take up to five or six years, because some other movement disorders do not involve the dopamine system.

DaTscan Cost

Datscan cost can range between $2,500 and $5,000 and it’s a common reason for medical tourism – scan appointments can be easily pre-programmed abroad often saving thousands of dollars.