Advanced technology helping with Alzheimer's diagnosis in Spokane

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by KREM.com and Honora Swanson

KREM.com

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 6:40 AM

SPOKANE—A local company is using new technology to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in its earliest stages.

Inland Imaging is the first to put the technology to the test in the region.

More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.  That is why doctors said it is so important to have this technology in our area.

The procedure is non-invasive and is called “Volumetric M.R.I.”  Patients go inside the machine and it takes a high resolution scan of their brain.  From there, computer software compares the results to a normal brain scan.

The latest technology doesn’t replace clinical exams.  It is just used as another tool to help doctors diagnose patients.  However, the machine predicts the progression from mild memory loss to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  It can also identify those patients who will remain stable.
 

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