Brain scan can detect alzheimer’s of early stage

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 20, 2016

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  • It is a neurodegenerative disorder.
  • Early diagnosis helps in prevention of this disease.
  • Brain scan can detect this disease in early stage.
  • Early treatment may help.

It is found in a study that Alzheimer’s of early stage can be detected in brain scan. The analysis of brain scan showing sticky amyloid plaques and tau protein tangles are somehow linked with the initial stage Alzheimer’s.



This finding from University of California has pushed the researchers to find new drugs which may decrease the severity in later stages of this disease.


From long time, scientists are trying to develop methods to diagnose Alzheimer’s in early stage. This finding from University of California also helps in diagnosing the disease in cases where no symptom is shown in adults.


There is no treatment of this disease at present but hopefully it will be developed soon by this new finding. Previously, the disease prognosis was done by mapping of brain after patient’s death. This new technology uses PET scanner (Positron Emission Tomography) and can find the changes at cellular level in an organ very precisely.


The study included 53 adults with 5 young and 33 old adults with no neurodegenerative disorder. The remaining 15 adults included in disease were suspected to have Alzheimer’s disease.

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The result of brain mapping clearly showed that the 15 adults who suspected to have disease showed sticky amyloid plaques and tau protein tangles.


So in future we may have the drugs that can help fight Alzheimer’s in early stage.

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