Preliminary fMRI Evidence of Visual System Dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease Patients With Visual Hallucinations

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the authors examined visual cortex function in Parkinson’s disease patients who did and did not experience visual hallucinations. Patients with visual hallucinations demonstrated increased activation in the visual association cortex and deficits in the primary visual cortex, suggesting that visual hallucinations are associated with an abnormality of visual-cortex function.