Neurodegenerative Disorders: Early Diagnosis and Treatment Parkinson's Disease & Essential Tremor with DaTscan
Hours: 1.00
This course is accessible until 3/1/2020

The ability to provide patients with an early, accurate diagnosis for neurodegenerative movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s Disease, has been an on-going challenge that can take up to six years because of the dependence on symptom presentation. Unfortunately symptom presentation varies with patients. Also, other movement disorders, such as essential tremor, have similar symptoms, but they occur in different areas of the brain and do not involve the dopamine system. Now, the FDA has approved DaTscan, an imaging agent developed that can detect the presence of dopamine transporters (DaT) in the brain which allows physicians to diagnose and begin the correct course much earlier in the disease process.

This course for Nuclear Medicine Technologists and other interested healthcare professionals briefly describes Parkinsonism and essential tremor and some of the key issues related to diagnosis and treatment for both. It then describes the value and use of DaTscan, describing patient preparation, imaging parameters, and guidelines for distinguishing between normal and abnormal scans.

NOTE: This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

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Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  1. List the signs and symptoms of Parkinsonian Syndrome and Essential Tremor.
  2. Identify differences between PS and ET.
  3. Describe how PS and ET are diagnosed.
  4. Describe the physical characteristics of DaTscan (I-123 ioflupane).
  5. List the approved indications for DaTscan.
  6. Identify patients for which DaTscan is contraindicated.
  7. Determine the appropriate dosage for DaTscan.
  8. Describe the proper patient preparation required for DaTscan.
  9. Identify appropriate acquisition and processing parameters.
  10. Differentiate between normal and abnormal cases.

Elizabeth Duncan, MSHS, CNMT, RT(CT)

Elizabeth is a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist and is currently working as Clinical Coordinator for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at the Adventist University of Health Sciences. Her main responsibility is to coordinate the clinical rotations of the Nuclear Medicine students through 13 different facilities. In addition, Elizabeth is also an instructor for Radiobiology and Radiation Protection. Her previous experience includes supervising a Nuclear Cardiology department and a medical sales representative. Elizabeth is the 2011-2012 recipient of the Faculty Merit Award for Professional Service presented by Adventist University of Health Sciences.

Disclosures
This author has disclosed that there are neither conflicts of interest nor commercial affiliation with this activity.

Joseph Hawkins, MS.Ed, BS, CNMT

Joseph has a MS in Education, Bachelors in Nuclear Medicine Technology and is a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist. In his current position as Program Director of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program for AdventHealth University, he is responsible for all aspects of the program including didactic and clinical instruction, course content, program curriculum, student evaluation and counseling. Prior to joining the faculty at  ADU, Joseph was Assistant Professor and Program Director at Prince George's community College, Largo, Maryland. Throughout his tenure, Joseph has made significant contributions in his profession through various publications, workshops, textbook reviews, presentations, and involvement with various Nuclear medicine organizations. Joseph earned his BS in Nuclear Medicine Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology; MS in Education at St. Joseph's College of Maine; CNMT and attended State University of New York, Buffalo, N.Y.  He has over 25 years of experience in Nuclear Medicine, he has presented lectures at several local and regional nuclear medicine meetings. He is the 2009-2010 recipient of the Faculty Merit Award for Professional Service presented by Adventist University of Health Sciences.

Disclosures
This author has disclosed that there are neither conflicts of interest nor commercial affiliation with this activity.

American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA)
CE Credits: 1, Category: A ARRT, Expires: 12/31/2019

Dept of Health - Bureau of Radiation Control (DOH-BRC)
CE Credits: 1, Category: 00-Technical Approved, Expires: 1/31/2022

Completion Requirements:

To receive continuing education credit commensurate with the credit awarded for this on-line activity the participant must:

  • View all modules

  • Participate and pass all learning checks

  • Pass the PostTest(s) with a minimum score of 80%

  • Complete and submit the on-line evaluation

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Educational Health Care Team Members and Course Author Conflict of Interest:

There have been no conflicts of interest disclosed by planners, authors, or presenters; nor has there been disclosure of any relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies or their products pertaining to this activity.

 

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The content of this activity was not developed with support from any commercial companies nor are there any staff commercial affiliations.

 

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