Brain scan could improve Alzheimer's diagnoses

Posted on 09 March 2011

A new brain scan capable of detecting early indications of Alzheimer's is being trialled in parts of London, which could be good news for people considering ways to pay for care.

The Automated MRI software, developed by the National Institute for Health Research, compares a brain scan against 1,200 others in different stages of Alzheimer's.

It is the first time software like this has been used by the NHS, and Alzheimer's Society research communications manager Anne Corbett said it could make for more reliable diagnoses in future.

"Getting an early diagnosis enables people with dementia to understand their condition, access treatments that could help relieve their symptoms and give them time to plan for the future," she added.

In January, the society warned that a quarter of a million people living with dementia in the UK are being let down by insufficient care provision, saying it could force people into choosing a care home earlier than they planned.

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