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Research suggests specialized brain imaging can unveil mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease

Dr. Cassidy has developed a fully automated method of how to look at the “neuromelanin-sensitive MRI” images.

(David McFadden/ University of Ottawa) — Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, one of the major causes of dependency and disability in older adults. Though advances have been made in understanding the harrowing brain disease, diagnostic tests are currently limited and there are no treatments.

Now, a uOttawa Faculty of Medicine assistant professor and a team of collaborators have published research suggesting that a novel neuroimaging technique can potentially be employed in large-scale screenings for Alzheimer’s. It can also provide possible insights about the disease’s earliest stages, long before symptoms emerge. (…)