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VEDOLIN, Leonardo; MARCHIORI, Edson and RIEDER, Carlos. Evaluation of Parkinson´s disease using magnetic resonance imaging. Radiol Bras [online]. 2004, vol.37, n.2, pp. 83-90. ISSN 0100-3984. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-39842004000200005.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the magnetic resonance imaging findings in patients with Parkinson's disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the period from October 1999 to October 2002, 42 patients with parkinsonism were investigated using a 1.5 T MR equipment. Patients were divided into two groups: patients with Parkinson's disease (n = 26) and patients with atypical Parkinsonian syndrome (n = 16). The results were compared with a control group (n = 18). The following variables were evaluated: thickness of the mesencephalon compact pars, hypointense signal in the putamen, degree of brain atrophy, lesions in the mesencephalon, lesions in the white matter, and the presence of lesions in the posterior-lateral edge of the putamen. Statistical data analysis was carried out using the SPSS program. RESULTS: The mean age was 58.2 years for the Parkinson's disease and control groups, and 60.5 years for the atypical Parkinsonian syndrome group. Patients with Parkinson's disease and atypical Parkinsonian syndromes presented decreased thickness of the compact pars and a higher degree of signal hypointensity in the putamen. Cerebral atrophy was more prominent in the patients with atypical Parkinsonian syndrome. Lesions in mesencephalon and white matter were similar in both groups. The frequency of hyperintense signal in the posterior-lateral edge of the putamen was low within the studied population, although that could suggest multiple-system atrophy. CONCLUSION: Magnetic resonance imaging allows the detection of brain morphological changes that may help in the diagnosis of Parkinsonian syndromes.
Keywords : Parkinson's disease; Magnetic resonance imaging; Neuroradiology.