Duke neurologists treat the full range of movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. As a National Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, we are recognized for our research, care and comprehensive services. We offer the latest medications and treatments, as well as comprehensive support services to improve your quality of life.
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Doctors typically diagnose movement disorders based on your symptoms, a complete medical history and a physical and neurological exam. We also offer the DaTscan, which is the first FDA-approved imaging test for evaluating Parkinson’s.
SPECT imaging scan detects levels of dopamine transporters (DaT) in areas of your brain. DaTscan cannot detect Parkinson’s disease, but it can confirm a diagnosis if it is already suspected.
Why Choose Duke
If you or someone you know suffers from a movement disorder, our team of caring specialists are here to help.
National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence
We offer the latest medications to treat Parkinson’s disease, as well as other movement disorders.
We run a comprehensive program for movement disorders with specially trained neurologists and neurosurgeons, social workers, and physical, occupational and speech therapists.
Latest Diagnostic and Medical Advances
We use the GE DaTscan, the first FDA-approved imaging test for help diagnosing Parkinson’s. Our research ensures we are up-to-date on the newest drugs and therapies available today, while our scientists work to identify even better treatment options.
Our scientists have made significant discoveries about the genetics of Parkinson’s, helping us develop more effective and targeted treatments.
Clinical Trial Access
You may be eligible to participate in our clinical trials, which are open to people with early to advanced Parkinson’s disease. We test new therapies that may help relieve your symptoms or slow the progression of the disease.
As a designated National Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, Duke Health provides the highest level of diagnosis services and medical and surgical treatments for people with Parkinson's disease. It is one of the reasons why Duke University Hospital’s neurology and neurosurgery program is nationally ranked, and the highest ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2020-2021.