If you have any questions after reading the information on this site, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.
DaTscan (Ioflupane I 123 Injection) for Intravenous Use, CII
DaTscan is a radioactive drug that is injected into your bloodstream to help take pictures of areas of your brain using a special camera (SPECT). If you are an adult with a movement difficulty that may be a parkinsonian syndrome (PS), your doctor may decide to do this imaging test using DaTscan contrast along with other medical tests to help decide if your movement difficulties are due to PS or a similar condition called essential tremor. Some types of PS are Parkinson's disease, multiple system atrophy, and progressive supranuclear palsy.
You are sensitive to iodine or any of the components of DaTscan; your doctor can help you understand the ingredients.
DaTscan can cause a reaction, usually a skin rash or itching.
Before you receive a DaTscan injection your doctor will have you take another medication that will block radioactivity from going into your thyroid gland
Some drugs may interfere with the DaTscan-enhanced picture. Be sure to tell your doctor what drugs you are taking so he can decide whether you should stop any of them for a period of time before using DaTscan.
Always talk to your doctor if you have any questions about SPECT imaging or the use of DaTscan.