MIT developed a new imaging technique that looks at the degeneration of two brain structures, which are both affected by Parkinson’s disease.  This new technique combines four different MRI type images, which might allow the doctors to monitor the track of the disease and monitor the treatments better. 

The other amazing thing about this study is that it provides evidence that supports the theory that Parkinson’s develops deep in the brain and advanced up.  Corkin says, “This progression has never been shown in living people, and that’s what was special about this study.  With our new imaging methods, we can see these structures more clearly than anyone had seen them before.”

Today Parkinson’s disease affects 1 in 2 people over the age of 65, which is over 5 million people.  The disease is gradual and slowly deteriorates the brain, leaving most patients dependent on care-givers. 

This is an exciting study, because we are finally getting some insight on the gradual disease!

 Read more about this MIT study.