Combined tests provide most data for Alzheimer's diagnosis

12/11/2012 | MedicalXpress.com

Combining MRI, FDG-PET and cerebrospinal fluid analysis provided the most data for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease and allowed researchers to achieve the lowest misclassification rate of 28.4% when compared with neuropsychological testing, according to a study by Duke Medicine researchers. They also observed that of the three methods, FDG-PET provided the most data for use in diagnosing early Alzheimer's in people with mild cognitive impairment. More studies are needed to further understand the use of the tests in the clinical environment, researchers said.

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