New Program Helps Diagnose Alzheimer's Earlier - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/26/08

New Program Helps Diagnose Alzheimer's Earlier

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Diagnosing Alzheimer's early gives patients the best opportunity for treatment. Now, researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuro-imaging in London are enlisting the help of computers to accurately diagnose the disease.

Experts programmed the computers to detect signs of Alzheimer's in MRI brain scans. They found the computers could diagnose the disease more accurately than humans (the accuracy of human diagnosis is about 85%. The computers identified the damage of Alzheimer's 96% of the time).

Currently the only way to definitively diagnose Alzheimer's is to conduct an autopsy; however MRI scans and interviews by a trained clinician can help.

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