Brain - DAT Scan

  • No preparation for the scan is required

A small amount of iodine based radioactive material is injected into the patient

Used to examine:

The levels of dopamine receptor cells in the brain.

Symptom or Suspected Disease

Movement problems Problems with dexterity


Injection time: 3 to 5 mins
Waiting time before scan: 4 hours
Scan duration: 30 mins

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How to book

Patients will need to be referred to Nuclear Med by a referring doctor. Patients must select the specific scan/study required by their referring doctor and book an appointment at the most convenient location.


  • Medical aid authorisation (referring doctor to provide patient with specific ICD 10 code for medical aid authorisation)
  • Referring doctor’s name and practice number
  • Newly diagnosed oncology patients may need to register for oncology (referring doctor to facilitate registration)