PET Imaging Can Improve Dementia Diagnosis

 

Some exciting news came out of London in July. At this year’s Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017, studies have shows that the use  of PET scan technology was being used to better diagnosis Alzheimer’s.

“Two studies at AAIC 2017 reported that brain PET imaging allows for more accurate detection or exclusion of Alzheimer's in a larger proportion of individuals than standard clinical assessment supported by structural and metabolic imaging, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), and that use of amyloid PET scans may lead to a change in diagnosis in up to two-thirds of cases.”

These are important findings, as a look into Medicare claims discovered, “approximately 60% of dementia cases are missed in clinical practice, particularly cases of early dementia.”

 
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