Dopamine Transporter Imaging Workshop - Madrid
By Francisco Grandas Perez, MD, PhD
Department of Neurology
Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón
A workshop on Dopamine Transporter Imaging in Neurological Practice was held in Madrid on October 31, 2008. It was sponsored by the European Section of The Movement Disorder Society, endorsed by the Spanish Society of Neurology, and also supported in part by an educational grant from GE Healthcare.
Forty people, mostly neurologists from Spain, attended the meeting, which took place at the Hospital Universitario Gregorio Marañón. Among the attendees there were a few Nuclear Medicine doctors and some neurologists from other countries.
The workshop intended to introduce the participants to the potential use of dopamine transporter single photon emission tomography (SPECT) imaging in clinical practice.
The morning session was dedicated to reviewing basic aspects of dopamine transporter function and the role of dopamine transporter SPECT in the diagnosis of Parkinson´s disease, other degenerative parkinsonisms, and in the differential diagnosis of atypical tremors, drug-induced and psychogenic parkinsonisms.
The afternoon session took place at the Nuclear Medicine Department, where during a guided tour participants could see technical aspects such as patient preparation, dopamine transporter SPECT set-up and data acquisition, as well as processing data, getting adequate images and interpreting results. Finally, there was an interactive review of illustrative cases.
Faculty included Nuclear Medicine doctors and neurologists from Spain, Germany and Austria.