Positron Emission Tomography (PET) for Diagnosis and Management of Alzheimer's Disease

June 22, 2009 | Evidence Reports


Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by cognitive impairments and memory loss. The disease primarily affects the elderly.

A definitive diagnosis of AD can be made only by post‑mortem examination of the brain. Premortem clinical diagnosis of AD, particularly during the early stages of the disease, is not straightforward. Many other conditions can cause symptoms that mimic AD.

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear imaging modality that uses radioisotopes. PET scans may be able to detect a characteristic pattern of...

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