Dopamine transporter scintigraphy (DaTSCAN)

Purpose of the examination

A brain scintigraphy makes it possible to examine the activity of particular nerve connections (known as dopamine transporters). This exam may be indicated for the following issues, among others:

  • Differentiation of parkinsonism (for example, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple system atrophy, Progressive supranuclear palsy) from essential tremor

This examination is covered by social health insurance. The radiopharmaceutical is ordered for each patient individually (cost: about €900) and it cannot be stored for long periods of time. For this reason, keeping your appointment is absolutely essential.

Allow about 4½ hours for the procedure, which includes a 3-hour break.

 Diagnostic procedure