Statistical parametric mapping with 18F-dopa PET shows bilaterally reduced striatal and nigral dopaminergic function in early Parkinson's disease

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  • K. Ito, Hammersmith Hospital, Nagoya University, Department of Biofunctional Research, National Institute for Longevity Sciences
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  • P. K. Morrish, Hammersmith Hospital
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  • J. S. Rakshi, Hammersmith Hospital
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  • T. Uema, Hammersmith Hospital
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  • J. Ashburner, Department of Neurodegenerative Disease, UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London
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  • D. L. Bailey, Hammersmith Hospital
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  • K. J. Friston, Department of Neurodegenerative Disease, UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London
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  • D. J. Brooks

Objective - To apply statistical parametric mapping to 18F-dopa PET data sets, to examine the regional distribution of changes in dopaminergic metabolism in early asymmetric Parkinson's disease. Methods - Thirteen normal volunteers (age 57.7 (SD 16.5) years; four women, nine men) and six patients (age 50.3 (SD 13.5) years; three women, three men) with asymmetric (right sided) Parkinson's disease were studied. Images from each dynamic dopa PET dataset were aligned and parametric images of 18F-dopa influx (Ki) were created for each subject. The Ki images were transformed into standard stereotactic space. The Ki values of the caudate and putamen on spatially normalised images were compared with the Ki values before normalisation. The application of statistical parametric mapping (SPM) allowed statistical comparison of regional Ki values on a voxel by voxel basis between healthy volunteers and patients with Parkinson's disease. Results - There was a strong correlation between the Ki values before and after spatial normalisation (r=0.898, p=0.0001). Significant decreases in the Ki values were found for the Parkinson's desease group throughout the entire left putamen (p< 0.001) and focally in the dorsal right putamen (p< 0.001). Decreased Ki values were also shown bilaterally in the substantia nigra (p< 0.01). Conclusion - Using (SPM) and 18F-dopa PET, reductions in both striatal and nigral brain dopaminergic function could be demonstrated in early Parkinson's disease.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
Pages (from-to)754-758
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999

    Research areas

  • F-dopa, Parkinson's disease, Positron emission tomography, Statistical parametric mapping

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