New Brain Scan Technique Could Predict Dementia Before Symptoms Are Evident

October 8, 2014 6:24 AM

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New Brain Scan Technique Could Predict Dementia Before Symptoms Are Evident

Researchers say a simple technique using magnetic resonance imaging could lead to an early diagnosis of dementia, long before cognitive decline is evident. A study published in the journal Radiology said the MRI technique, arterial spin labeling, or ASL, does not require injection of a contrast agent and could eventually reduce the use of scans exposing patients to radiation.

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

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