By On January 24th, 2013

MRI Introduced As Alternative Diagnostic Test For Alzheimer’s

In order to test a patient with dementia for Alzheimer’s disease, doctors can perform a ‘spinal tap’. It’s invasive and painful but it produces a diagnosis. A new method is being developed, however, that would allow doctors to simply look at an MRI of a patient to determine whether or not they had Alzheimer’s.

The MRI is used to estimate the levels of specific proteins that build up in the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient. The test is said to produce the same results as the spinal tap about three-quarters of the time.

While this new test is much easier on patients, it is also much more costly. MRIs can be up to $5-thousand dollars.

Read more about the development of the MRI test at DailyRX.

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