The first-and-only FDA-approved visual adjunct imaging agent to aid in the differentiation between essential tremor and parkinsonian syndromes.*

Welcome to the Patient and Caregiver website for DaTscan. This site will provide you with the information you need to learn more about:

If you have any additional questions, make sure that you discuss them with your doctor.

The information on this site does not replace having a conversation with your doctor about this test. If you have any questions after reading the information on this site, be sure to discuss them with your doctor. For additional information, please see the Full Prescribing Information for DaTscan.

What is Datscan (Ioflupane I 123 Injection)?

DaTscan is a radioactive drug that is injected into your bloodstream to highlight areas of your brain so that images can be taken with a special camera (called a single-photon emission computed tomography [SPECT] camera). If you are an adult with a movement difficulty, your doctor may decide to order this imaging test, along with other medical tests, to help decide if your movement difficulties are due to a parkinsonian syndrome or a similar condition such as essential tremor.

Types of parkinsonian syndromes are Parkinson’s disease, multiple system atrophy, and progressive supranuclear palsy. DaTscan cannot tell the difference between these parkinsonian syndromes.

DaTscan is available only by prescription and must be ordered by your doctor.

Important Risk and Safety Information About DaTscan

You should not be given DaTscan if:
  • You have ever had a reaction to iodine or are sensitive to any of the components of DaTscan. Talk with your doctor; he or she can help you understand what the drug ingredients are
What is the most important information you should know about DaTscan?
  • Serious allergic and injection-site reactions could occur following a DaTscan injection. If you have any symptoms of a serious allergic nature, including low blood pressure; trouble breathing; throat tightness; swelling of your face, lips, or tongue; or rash and itching, inform your doctor or go to your nearest emergency room right away
  • To help decrease the amount of thyroid accumulation of iodine: Your doctor will give you a medication at least one hour before giving you DaTscan. The purpose of this medication is to minimize the amount of radioactive iodine going into your thyroid gland
  • Pregnancy: Clinical studies have not been conducted with DaTscan on pregnant women. Any radioactive drug, including DaTscan, may cause harm to the fetus. If you are pregnant, your doctor will decide if a DaTscan test is appropriate
  • If your are a nursing mother, your doctor will decide whether you should interrupt nursing and pump and discard breast milk for six days after DaTscan administration to reduce the risks to your nursing infant
  • If you have kidney and/or liver problems: The effects of kidney and /or liver damage from the use of DaTscan are not certain. DaTscan is removed by the kidney, and patients with severe kidney problems may have increased radiation exposure that could change DaTscan images
  • Children: DaTscan should not be given to children
The most common side effects of DaTscan:
  • In clinical studies performed, the most common side effects included headache, nausea and upset stomach, a sensation of motion, dry mouth, or dizziness in less than 1% of patients (1 in 100 patients)
What you should know about taking DaTscan with other medications:
    Some drugs may interfere with DaTscan. Be sure to tell your doctor what drugs you are taking so that he or she can decide whether you should stop any of them for a period of time before using DaTscan
Questions about the procedure:
    Always talk to your doctor if you have any questions about the SPECT imaging procedure or the use of DaTscan
Your doctor should advise you to:
    Increase your level of hydration (fluids) prior to and after receiving DaTscan, and to empty your bladder frequently for the first 48 hours following DaTscan administration

The safety information included here is not comprehensive. If you have any questions, please be sure to discuss them with your doctor.

For more information about DaTscan, call GE Healthcare at 800 654 0118.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 800 FDA 1088.

For more information about DaTscan, call GE Healthcare at 1-800-654-0118.

Please see the Full Prescribing Information for DaTscan at www.Datscan.com.