Tuesday, January 29, 2013

PET scan for Alzheimer's disease - new hope

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is still one of the most difficult diseases to diagnose. The diagnosis is based on a mental state assessment and complementary exams can be ordered, but are usually not enough to be conclusive. A new PET tracer has the possibility to change that. The first-and-only FDA-approved diagnostic PET tracer for estimation of beta-amyloid neuritic plaque density when evaluating for AD and other causes of cognitive decline. In Europe, it will also be available in the second-quarter of this year. This tracer can be seen as an evolution of 11C-PIB, as can be read here.
Detailed article from the Journal of American Medical Association (from which the image above was taken):
Official webpage: http://www.amyvid.com/Pages/index.aspx
Why early diagnosis is important? http://www.alz.org/research/science/earlier_alzheimers_diagnosis.asp


  1. This post is really true about the importance of early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and how it can change the life of the patient and the family.

    Alzheimer’s clinic

    1. Thank you for your comment. My feeling is that people are looking for Alzheimer's treatment and forget how important it is to diagnose it correctly and as early as possible.

      I checked your clinic's webpage. I specially liked:

      Maybe it is time that I write a post about Alzheimer's diagnosis with MRI.