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The future of brain imaging in Parkinson’s disease

Lookup NU author(s): Professor David BrooksORCiD



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by IOS Press, 2018.

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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that is associated with distinct abnormalities in brain function and structure. Here we discuss how future developments in functional, structural and nuclear brain imaging may help us to better understand, diagnose, and potentially even treat PD. These new horizons may be reached by developing tracers that specifically bind to alpha synuclein, by looking into different places in the body (such as the gut) or in smaller cerebral nuclei (with improved spatial resolution), and by developing new approaches for quantifying and interpreting altered dynamics in large-scale brain networks.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Helmich RC, Vaillancourt DE, Brooks DJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Parkinson's Disease

Year: 2018

Volume: 8

Issue: s1

Pages: S47-S51

Online publication date: 18/12/2018

Acceptance date: 31/10/2018

Date deposited: 02/11/2018

ISSN (print): 1877-7171

ISSN (electronic): 1877-718X

Publisher: IOS Press