Diagnosing Alzheimer’s and Dementia

It is estimated that 472,000 people are living with dementia in Australia, with Alzheimer’s disease accounting for about two-thirds of cases.

Radiological techniques like MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scans are crucial in diagnosing and monitoring the progression of Alzheimer’s. They can reveal structural changes in the brain, which are typical in Alzheimer’s patients. Functional imaging techniques like PET scans can also show patterns which are hallmark pathological features of Alzheimer’s disease. These imaging methods play a significant role in early detection, differential diagnosis, and research into potential treatments for Alzheimer’s.