Diagnostic Options

Diagnostic Options

Patient history and clinical examination

In most cases, a hypothetical diagnosis can be made following an extensive patient history and neurological examination combined with targeted technical examinations. This diagnosis is then discussed with the patient and, if desired, also with his/her relatives and used as a basis for treatment. At follow-up appointments, changes in medication and clinical observation (which is very important to secure diagnosis) can be made.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

In the course of basic diagnostics, an MRI of the skull (cranial MRI) will be performed in order to exclude certain vascular and inflammatory diseases that have symptoms resembling those of Parkinson’s disease. In Parkinson’s disease, cranial MRI results are usually within the normal range since cellular changes can not be seen. However, in some atypical parkinsonism patients, the MRI will show specific alterations.

Description of the following diagnostic options are currently only available in German:

Nuclear medicine examinations 

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Laboratory tests  

Neurophysiological examinations including tremor analysis 

Vascular and cardiovascular examinations

Polysomnography (Sleep lab)

Neuropsychological testing

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