MRI scans predict likelihood of cognitive impairment in healthy seniors
MRI findings were used to track cognitive impairment in otherwise healthy seniors. Researchers used MRI scans to detect white matter lesions, which predicted risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, which can led to Alzheimer’s and other conditions causing dementia. Additionally, healthy older individuals with the greatest detection of white matter lesions were more likely to develop persistent cognitive impairment. According to Lisa Silbert, MD, of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, “We need to determine factors that can decrease the accumulation of white matter hyperintensities over time… we also need to determine how to identify those who are vulnerable to this accumulation so they can be targeted for potential early prevention or treatment methods.” Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses the study more.