Dementia-causing plaques lit up by new brain scan

17 December 2018 – Barchester News

A new tool in the fight against dementia was developed by scientists, who have created a revolutionary brain scan. It uses radioactive ‘tracer’ molecules that are injected into the brain and bind with the plaques that are associated with cognitive decline.

Lighting them up in this way allows healthcare professionals to see when a person is in the early stages of dementia. Catching the condition early makes it easier to treat and can lead to a better quality of life for longer in patients.

The breakthrough was made by experts at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and could lead to less of a reliance on memory tests for diagnosis.

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