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Study demonstrates MRI-based approach to predicting Alzheimer’s

7th April 2011

A new US study has highlighted a possible new application for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to predict which patients are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Research published in the journal Radiology shows that MRI scans of the brain can indicate the likelihood of those affected by mild cognitive impairment – an interim stage between normal age-related mental decline and dementia – going on to develop Alzheimer's.

This can be accomplished via a measurement of the thickness of the cerebral cortex over time, with a loss of brain cells in these areas recognised as a key characteristic of neurodegenerative illness.

According to researchers, this technique offers a significantly more informative means of gauging the risk of Alzheimer's disease than simple clinical diagnosis.

Study author Dr Linda McEvoy, assistant professor in the department of radiology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, said the technique could help patients to cope with the effects of the illness and receive treatment sooner.

Last month, researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio discovered a mechanism in the brain that could be triggered to protect cells from the effects of neurodegenerative disorders.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800491762-ADNFCR

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