Experts hail new Alzheimer's detection scan
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.