Imaging of dopamine transporters with technetium-99m TRODAT-1 and single photon emission computed tomography

J Neuroimaging. 2000 Oct;10(4):200-3. doi: 10.1111/jon2000104200.


The authors wanted to evaluate the usefulness of 99Tcm-TRODAT-1 as an imaging agent for measuring changes in dopamine transporter concentrations in Parkinson disease (PD) and correlate the findings to the severity of the disease as measured by the Hoehn and Yahr scale (H/Y). Twenty-two healthy volunteers and 27 patients with PD of H/Y stage I-IV were evaluated. Acquisitions were performed 2 hours after injection of 99Tcm-TRODAT-1. Regions of interest were drawn over the striatum and the cerebellum, and the ratios of striatum-to-cerebellum (ST/CB) were calculated. Patients with PD showed a significant decrease in the striatal uptake of 99Tcm-TRODAT-1 compared to healthy volunteers, and the ST/CB ratios were closely related to the stage of PD. The present study demonstrates that it is possible to visualize and quantify changes in dopamine transporter in the striatum of patients with PD using 99Tcm-TRODAT-1 and SPECT with good correlation to H/Y stage and unified Parkinson's disease rating scale (UPDRS) scale.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging*
  • Brain / metabolism
  • Carrier Proteins / metabolism*
  • Cerebellum / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebellum / metabolism
  • Corpus Striatum / diagnostic imaging
  • Corpus Striatum / metabolism
  • Dopamine / metabolism*
  • Dopamine Plasma Membrane Transport Proteins
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Male
  • Membrane Glycoproteins / metabolism*
  • Membrane Transport Proteins*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / metabolism*
  • Organotechnetium Compounds*
  • Parkinson Disease / classification
  • Parkinson Disease / metabolism
  • Radiopharmaceuticals*
  • Regression Analysis
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon*
  • Tropanes*


  • Carrier Proteins
  • Dopamine Plasma Membrane Transport Proteins
  • Membrane Glycoproteins
  • Membrane Transport Proteins
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Organotechnetium Compounds
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Tropanes
  • technetium Tc 99m TRODAT-1
  • Dopamine