This article reviews progress in the use of Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) for the diagnosis of Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB). The authors conclude that systematic visual analyses of ((123)I)FP-CIT SPECT images may be used to detect people with DLB prior to the development of the full clinical syndrome. Nevertheless, a category of patients meeting the clinical criteria for probable DLB have a normal scan and are not detected by SPECT, so further research is required to determine possible areas for improvement.
Siepel, FJ. Rongve, A. Buter, TC. [et al]. (123I)FP-CIT SPECT in suspected dementia with Lewy bodies: a longitudinal case study. BMJ Open. April 8th 2013; 3(4), e002642. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].