Researchers develop automated system to diagnose Parkinson’s

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Author: Joe McAweaneyPublished: 3 October 2019

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In an international study, researchers from the US, Germany and Austria have used a non-invasive MRI method to develop an automated system that can diagnose Parkinson’s.

As part of the study – published in medical journal ‘The Lancet Digital Health’ – researchers worked with 1,002 patients and used an imaging method that measures how water molecules diffuse in the brain. This helped them to identify where neurodegeneration is occurring.

Researchers hope this will help improve the accuracy of early Parkinson’s diagnoses – which they estimate to be around 58%.

Dr David Vaillancourt, who led the study, said: “Our method may help to reduce the number of misdiagnosed cases in the future. Since these diseases require unique treatment plans and different medications, and clinical trials testing new medications require the correct diagnosis, getting it right is important for patient care.”

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For more information on Parkinson’s diagnosis, please visit the EPDA website.

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