Scientists seek earlier Alzheimer's diagnoses
BY ALBERTO MASLIAH
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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