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New system may accurately detect dementia patients

New system may accurately detect dementia patients
13th July 2009

A new study may help in accurately diagnosing dementia patients across the world.

The STructural Abnormality iNDex - or STAND-Map - has been engineered by Mayo Clinic researchers looking into dementia, Alzheimer's disease and Lewy body disease, which can use MRI to diagnose conditions instead of waiting until death, where autopsies are used to distinguish cases.

Prashanthi Vemuri, the lead author of the study and a senior research fellow at the Mayo Clinic aging and dementia imaging research lab, explained that the STAND-Map may have "great potential" in giving early diagnoses.

He continued: "The next step would be to test the framework on a larger population to see if we can replicate these results and improve the accuracy level we achieved in this proof of concept study.

"In turn, this may lead to better treatment options for dementia patients."

Last week, the Alzheimer's Society announced that there is still a lot of public misunderstanding of dementia, publishing its research during Dementia Awareness Week.

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