With April being National Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, Middletown Medical Imaging wanted to bring to light some crucial facts about this condition, which affects around 10 million people globally. This debilitating disease has specific symptoms that can be found based on a set of criteria, and if spotted early, can help patients to live fuller lives. Here are some things we think you need to know about Parkinson’s disease:
Over 60,000 people are diagnosed with it a year in the United States alone – Each year, over 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. This condition, which is progressive in its severity over the course of a patient’s life, is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects a person’s balance, speech, and movement.
There is no cure for it – While there has been steady and monumental progress in researching Parkinson’s, there is currently no cure for this degenerative disease. With the goal being that one day scientists and physicians find a cure, spreading awareness of this condition’s symptoms, causes, and early warning signs can help others to stay vigilant in the fight against Parkinson’s.
Specific diagnostic imaging is used to rule other conditions out – The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are often similar to other neurodegenerative disorders, so certain diagnostic imaging is used to rule out all other possible conditions. MRI’s are usually the standard in finding out what is going on in a patient’s neurological system to rule out other similar disorders to Parkinson’s.
If you are looking for an open MRI in the Garden State, we can help at Middletown Medical Imaging. To schedule your appointment with us, call us today at (732) 275-0999.