Past Activities
Dopamine Transporter Imaging in Neurological Practice

Dopamine Transporter Imaging in Neurological Practice

Course Description

This workshop was part of a series of four courses designed to introduce participants to the potential of dopamine transporter single photon emission computed tomography imaging in neurological practice and help to answer some of the questions posed by clinicians, researchers, managers, and patients about the appropriate use of dopamine transporter imaging. It aimed to present a balanced view of dopamine transporter imaging studies, still in their infancy and perhaps subject to intrinsic variability different from, but not necessarily better than, available clinical measures. The scope of information presented and discussed was chosen to not only identify the potential usefulness of dopamine transporter imaging in neurological practice, but also to guard against indiscriminate and injudicious use of dopamine transporter imaging, or erroneous interpretation of findings.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants were able to accomplish the following:

  • Describe how dopamine transporter imaging is performed
  • Discuss the science underlying the procedure
  • Discuss the interpretation of dopamine transporter images
  • List the diseases/symptoms for which dopamine transporter imaging may be an appropriate investigative tool
  • Explain how patients suitable for this procedure would be identified
  • Discuss the current uses, potential future uses, and limitations of dopamine transporter imaging in neurological clinical practice and research applications

Recommended Audience

This course was recommended for Movement Disorder Specialists, General Neurologists, and Nuclear Medicine Specialists.


This course was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from the following:
GE Healthcare

Course Program and Faculty