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Molecular imaging in early diagnosis, differential diagnosis and follow-up of patients with neurodegenerative diseases

By Jochen Hammes, Gérard N. Bischof and Alexander Drzezga


PurposeCurrent disease models suggest that many neurodegenerative disorders are associated with pathological protein aggregations that start to develop in the brain long before the onset of clinical symptoms. Therefore, biomarkers allowing early and reliable characterization of neurodegenerative disease are required. Here we illustrate the potential value of neuroimaging procedures by means of selected examples.MethodsMultimodal imaging data of exemplary patients who underwent FDG, Amyloid and AV-1451-PET, FP-CIT-SPECT and MRI imaging in the routine clinical workup in our department is presented and the currently available literature on the topic of imaging in neurodegenerative diseases was reviewed.ResultsThe complementary value of the applied imaging methods is demonstrated in pairs of representative cases. Depending on the clinical question, individual methods or a meaningful multimodal combination is required to achieve optimal diagnostic benefit

Topics: info:eu-repo/classification/ddc/610
Publisher: Springer Milan
Year: 2017
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s40336-017-0242-y
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