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fMRI Study Tracks Parkinson's Progression

Sep 01, 2016

A study published in the journal Neurology describes how scientists using functional magnetic resonance imaging can now measure brain activity to track the progression of Parkinson's disease. The procedure could hasten experimental treatments to slow or stop the disease.

“Our technique does not rely upon the injection of a drug,” said the study’s senior author, David Vaillancourt, Ph.D., in a news release. “Not only is it noninvasive, it's much less expensive.”

The study used brain imaging biomarkers to track the progression of Parkinson's disease. The approach quantifies the results of medications in addressing the neurological sources of Parkinson’s symptoms.

The study used fMRI to look at five areas of the brain that control movement and balance. Forty-six patients with the disease took part in the study along with 34 healthy control subjects.

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