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[The applicability of 123I-FP-CIT SPECT dopamine transporter imaging in clinical practice]

PERLAKI Gábor1,2, SZEKERES Sarolta3, JANSZKY József1,4, DEZSŐ Dániel3, ASCHERMANN Zsuzsanna4, ZÁMBÓ Katalin3, KOVÁCS Norbert1,4

NOVEMBER 30, 2019

Clinical Neuroscience - 2019;72(11-12)


[The 123I-FP-CIT dopamine transporter SPECT imaging is a sensitive method to assess functional dopaminergic neuron terminals in the striatum. The method has also been available in Hungary for years. There are two main indications: (i) to help differentiate essential tremor from clinically uncertain Parkinsonism, including patients with early symptoms and (ii) to help differentiate dementia with Lewy bodies from Alzheimer’s disease. The aim of this paper is to review 123I-FP-CIT SPECT imaging based on international data/guidelines and our own experiences, thereby assisting nuclear medicine practitioners and neurologists.]


  1. MTA-PTE Klinikai Idegtudományi Képalkotó Kutatócsoport, Pécs
  2. Pécsi Diagnosztikai Központ, Pécs
  3. Pécsi Tudományegyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, Nukleáris Medicina Intézet, Pécs
  4. Pécsi Tudományegyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, Neurológiai Klinika, Pécs



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