Thursday 18 January 2018

Experts hail new Alzheimer's detection scan

Press Association

A NEW brain scan which could be used to diagnose Alzheimer's disease has been hailed by experts.

There are currently no fail-safe methods to test for the illness which affects at least 40,000 people in Ireland.

But researchers in Japan have developed a scan which it is hoped could eventually help doctors accurately diagnose the disease.

The technology allows them to detect a protein called tau which builds up in the brains of people with Alzheimer's.

Until now, it has only been possible to confirm a diagnosis of Alzheimer's by looking at the brain after a person's death, according to Alzheimer's Research UK.

Irish Independent

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