MRIs can Detect Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

October 8, 2014 1:35 PM

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Doctors might soon be able to screen for Alzheimer's disease without the use of radiation and a contrast agent, a new study reported. A team of radiologists discovered that a brain imaging method, called arterial spin labeling, which is a type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could detect biomarkers of dementia in older adults before symptoms develop.

"ASL MRI is simple to perform, doesn't require special equipment and only adds a few minutes to the exam," said study author Sven Haller, M.D., from the University of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland, reported in the press release.

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