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Alzheimer's Can Be Effectively Tracked Using MRI
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 6:19 PM
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(Source: - When trying to determine the root cause of a person's dementia, using an MRI can effectively and non-invasively screen patients for Alzheimer's disease or Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD). Using an MRI-based algorithm effectively differentiated cases 75 percent of the time, according to the study. The non-invasive approach reported in this study can track disease progression over time more easily and cost-effectively than other tests, particularly in clinical trials testing new therapies.

Researchers used the MRIs to predict the ratio of two biomarkers for the diseases - the proteins total tau and beta-amyloid - in the cerebrospinal fluid. Using the MRI prediction method was 75 percent accurate at identifying the correct diagnosis.


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Mimi S.
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 6:40 PM
Joined: 11/29/2011
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My response without reading, not a good idea.

Unless it's a special type of MRI, nothing but 'Normal aging" is shown on the scan until the process is well along.

75% accuracy is not something I'd aim for. I wouldn't want to be treated by a doctor who's right 75% of the time.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013 9:50 AM
Joined: 10/28/2012
Posts: 33

if you are trying to monitor someone for progression this mri may be good

the study im in the adni-2 study uses a special computer program to look at the hippocampus to pick up early changes not always seen on routine mris

in my case my mri is normal but my spinal fluid biomarkers beta amyloid and tau have began to migrate towards the alzheimers range

so the mri wouldnt be helpful in me until it became abnormal then it could be used to monitor changes

the goal needs to be diagnosed early on so some treatment when its finally discovered can be started before too much damage is done


to use the known preventative treatments or best practices to slow things down 

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