Monday, October 18, 2004

Imaging Alzheimer Disease - Part 2

Today's Yale Daily News includes an article about last week's announcement about the initiative to examine imaging technologies in the diagnosis of Alzheimer disease. The article is interesting to read of itself, but also because it touches briefly upon the concern of the neuropsychological community about the important role of neuropsychological assessment in the assessment of the cognitive changes that are diagnostically relevant:
Scientists seek earlier Alzheimer's diagnoses
Contributing Reporter
Yale Daily News
Published Monday, October 18, 2004


Currently, neuropsychological assessment is the most widely used instrument for neurocognitive ability and its deterioration. The introduction of imaging analysis used to differentiate which patients with mild cognitive impairment will progress to Alzheimer's and how far an Alzheimer's patient has progressed is relatively new.

Within the field of neuropsychology, there is controversy about whether this initiative's focus on imaging rather than currently used assessments will be effective.

"The way I see it, is that this is not meant to substitute [for] neuropsychological testing, but it should only be additive in terms of identifying who will progress to [Alzheimer's] and will only be beneficial to the patient," said Effie Mitsis, a neuropsychologist working with van Dyck.


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