Symptoms And Diagnosis Of Alzheimer 's Disease

2121 WordsJun 15, 20159 Pages
In medicine, an early diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death. With today’s advancements in technology, early diagnosis is becoming a real possibility for many diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. Worldwide it is estimated that 24 million people have dementia, the majority of these people are thought to have Alzheimer’s disease. (Mayo Clinic, 2014) According to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) (2015) Alzheimer’s disease is among the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. Affecting 5.1 million Americans. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, but the risk of developing this disease increases with age. One of the best tools for diagnosing Alzheimer’s is magnetic resonance imaging or MRI. Even though Volumetric MRI is not as convenient as a normal MRI scan, it could become the main line of defense for diagnosing Alzheimer 's disease. Getting an MRI scan is a relatively easy and noninvasive method to evaluate early Alzheimer’s disease, volumetric MRI can be readily used in any clinic to measure brain atrophy, and these scans may help physicians to predict the decline in people with mild cognitive impairment before it progresses to actual Alzheimer’s disease. According to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, AFA, (2015) Alzheimer’s disease is defined as a progressive degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral
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