Roberta de Notaris

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Quantitative evaluation of midbrain atrophy may be useful in differentiating progressive supranulear palsy (PSP) from Parkinson disease (PD); however, this finding is not specific of PSP, and quantitative measurements are not always practical. We determined whether an abnormal superior midbrain profile (flat or concave aspect) is a(More)
Cognitive abnormalities have been reported in a large percentage of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Often cognitive changes are sub-clinical and involve frontal lobe function. In other occasions they develop into full dementia. Functional neuroimaging may help characterize these abnormalities. We have studied brain perfusion with SPECT and the(More)
We used SPECT and the tracer (123)I-Ioflupane to measure dopamine transporter (DAT) binding in the caudate nucleus and the putamen of 70 patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), 10 with multiple system atrophy (MSA-P type), and 10 with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). Data were compared with 12 age-matched control subjects. We found significant(More)
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) markedly improves motor symptoms and reduces medication needs in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. However, its effect on brain function has remained unclear. We used SPECT and the tracer ECD to measure regional cerebral blood flow before and 6 months after DBS of the STN in 22 PD patients and(More)
PURPOSE Signal abnormalities within the putamen in MRI have been related to tissue degeneration in the striatonigral variant of multiple system atrophy (MSA-P). While previous work demonstrated the high specificity of these MR findings, sensitivity rates were unsatisfactory. We evaluated the specificity and sensitivity of an acquisition protocol using thin(More)
Neuroimaging studies of the striatal dopamine transporter (DAT) are useful in the assessment of the dopaminergic system in Parkinson's disease (PD). We used positron emisson tomography (PET) and the tracer [11C]FE-CIT to measure DAT binding in the caudate nucleus and putamen of 31 patients with PD, 5 with essential tremor and 8 healthy control subjects. Of(More)
Positron emission tomography (PET) and network analysis have been used to identify a reproducible pattern of regional metabolic covariation that is associated with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD). The activity of this PD-related pattern can be quantified in individual subjects and used to discriminate PD patients from atypical parkinsonians. Because PET(More)
Neuroimaging studies of striatal dopamine transporters (DAT) have shown that this measurement is a specific marker of dopaminergic degeneration in patients with Parkinson's disease. However, little data is available in subjects with early disease onset, particularly in those with autosomal recessive parkinsonism. We measured striatal DAT binding in 10(More)
Deep brain Stimulation (DBS) is an effective treatment for patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) and motor complications who can no longer be improved by adjustment of medical therapy. Selection of surgery candidates and follow-up after surgery are critical for good outcome. Functional neuroimaging can help in the clinical assessment of these(More)
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