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Alzheimer’s Prediction by MRI Better Than Common Tests

While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and few drugs have had clinical efficacy in slowing progression, early detection is still a high priority to help manage the disease appropriately. Now, a new study by investigators at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology within the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSM), has shown that MRI brain scans perform better than common clinical tests at predicting which people will go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease—a disease affecting 5.5 million Americans. Findings from this new study were presented recently at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) through a presentation entitled “Tract-Based Spatial Statistics in Persons who Will Develop Alzheimer’s Dementia: A Study from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI).”

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