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New test will help identify hallmarks of Alzheimer’s

New test will help identify hallmarks of Alzheimer’s

POSTED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 6:14pm

A new imaging procedure at East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) will help doctors pinpoint key differences between Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Dr. George M. Plotkin, PhD, MD, of the ETMC Neurological Institute, says this is an important step forward in evaluating patients with signs of cognitive impairment.

Because a definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease is usually determined upon autopsy, physicians rely on medical history, clinical examination and a variety of diagnostic tools when evaluating patients.

“Alzheimer’s and many varieties of dementia have overlapping symptoms,” Dr. Plotkin said. “A new agent for use in nuclear medicine testing has become available and provides an additional, objective tool for evaluation.”

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