Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 8462 SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2016 goodADVICE How Early Can Alzheimer’s be Diagnosed? A clear assessment of what's really going on in the brain can help get an accurate diagnosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan – the earlier the better. Common belief is that Alzheimer’s can only truly be diagnosed in an autopsy, but with Envision Imaging/ CereScan’s neuro-imaging capabilities combined with advanced processing software, you can get a clear assessment of what’s going on in a person’s brain well before that point. Dr. Lon White, in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology says, “Diagnosing specific dementias…is complex, but with the large increase in dementia cases expected within the next ten years in the U.S., it will be increasingly important to correctly recognize, diagnose, prevent and treat age-related cognitive decline.” CereScan is prepared. The functional brain imaging at CereScan, using SPECT and PET/CT, can improve a doctor’s clinical accuracy in properly diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease from the 70-80% range into the 90%+ range. Patterns of perfusion levels in these scans can help to indicate the type of dementia or if it is dementia at all. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are approximately 5.3 million people of all ages in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s and another 1 million with other types of dementia. If you have a family history of dementia, previous head injuries, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, obesity or other risk factors and notice changes in memory or concentration, you may want to investigate further. However, there are many other factors, which can affect cognitive abilities such as treatable thyroid problems or brain infections that can mask as dementia. A clear assessment of what’s really going on in the brain can help get an accurate diagnosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan—the earlier the better. To schedule an appointment or to get further information, visit CereScan at Envision Imaging at or call 1-866-722-4806. by AliciaWanek