MRI for Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis.

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  • Approver: ASRT®
  • ARRT®: Accepted
  • Expiration Date: 5/1/24
  • Credit Hours: 4.75 Category A Credits

Course Acceptance List

  • ARRT: Accepted
  • NMTCB: Accepted
  • Florida: Technical
  • Texas: Direct
  • ARDMS: Accepted
MRI images of the human brain

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Course Description And Objectives:


  • Understand how high and ultra-high-field MRI aids in the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Learn the different standard and advanced MRI sequences used for diagnosis (Neuromelanin imaging, Iron-sensitive MRI, Magnetization transfer imaging, rs-fMRI)
  • Identify symptomatic parkinsonism and atypical parkinsonism
  • learn about the diagnosis of early, new onset, and even prodromal Parkinson’s disease

Course Description

The differential diagnosis of parkinsonian syndromes is considered one of the most challenging in neurology and error rates in the clinical diagnosis can be high even at specialized centers. Despite several limitations, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has undoubtedly enhanced the diagnostic accuracy in the differential diagnosis of neurodegenerative parkinsonism over the last three decades. This review aims to summarize research findings regarding the value of the different MRI techniques, including advanced sequences at high- and ultra-high-field MRI and modern image analysis algorithms, in the diagnostic work-up of Parkinson’s disease. This includes not only the exclusion of alternative diagnoses for Parkinson’s disease such as symptomatic parkinsonism and atypical parkinsonism, but also the diagnosis of early, new onset, and even prodromal Parkinson’s disease.

This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. A self-learning activity can be completed only once per biennium.

MRI for Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis Course