MRI scan can tell if it's Alzheimer's or dementia
By ParentInProgress on December 28, 2012
A new piece in the journal "Neurology" tells about a new noninvasive method to test if a patient has Alzheimer's or some other kind of dementia.
The old tests often resulted in delayed treatment. The method, which was accurate but unpleasant for patients, included combining the results of three tests (MRI, FDG-PET and a lumbar puncture test). Using software, researchers can diagnose Alzheimer's in 10 to 20 months.
But the new research led scientists to realize they could get rid of the lumbar puncture altogether (the part that was most uncomfortable and expensive) and predict the brain's protein levels just with the brain scans.
Here's the study:
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