Diagnosis: No Longer a Guessing Game?
Figuring out whether a relative has Alzheimer’s could soon become easier.
Two CHI Health doctors are involved in a national study to see whether PET scans that detect amyloid deposits in the brain are able to help physicians diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s disease, leading to better results.
Up to now, doctors relied on a patient’s medical history, cognitive testing and a physical exam to try and detect Alzheimer’s. A definitive diagnosis was not possible until the person died and an autopsy was performed confirming the presence of amyloid in the brain.
“There has never been a study of this scale to evaluate the clinical value of brain amyloid imaging in diagnosing and caring for those affected by Alzheimer’s,” said CHI Health Clinic Geriatrician Heather Morgan, MD, one of the doctors in the study. “The results of this study will be so important for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.”