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PET/CT Scan for Alzheimer's Disease

Midstate Radiology Associates, LLC offers PET/CT imaging to patients at our convenient Meriden location. Ask about our flexible appointment hours, including early morning, evening, and weekend availability.

What is a PET/CT Scan?

PET, or Positron Emission Tomography with Computed Tomography, is a nuclear medicine imaging test that uses radioactive isotopes to detect differences in the metabolism of various tissues. PET/CT produces a three dimensional image of functional processes within the body, and is often used to differentiate between healthy and abnormal tissue.

This technology is widely used in oncology, surgical planning, malignant disease staging, and radiation therapy. This revolutionary test is able to assess the effectiveness of cancer therapy treatment plans as well as provide early, accurate detection of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's PET Scan

Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. This disease involves loss of brain function and affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Forgetfulness is the first sign of this disease but most people don't take this symptom seriously. They think that being forgetful is a natural occurrence in old age. This leads to late detection of the disease, which means that many people are only diagnosed when the Alzheimer's has greatly progressed. Most doctors nowadays use Alzheimer PET scans as an effective diagnostic tool.

With the use of the Alzheimer PET scan, the brain movements will be evaluated along with the overall sensory functions and coordination. The doctor will diagnose the disease by conducting a physical exam, asking questions about the medical history, and a mental status examination.

Who Should Get a PET/CT Scan?

If you are experiencing memory loss, and have had a complete medical evaluation without finding a cause, a PET scan could be the next step. When all other causes have been ruled out, the presence of plaques in the brain can help your doctor diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. 

Early detection for Alzheimer’s disease is very important. Midstate Radiology Associates, LLC’s Alzheimer PET scan uses the most advanced technology to detect the disease. Though a cure may not still be available, through our imaging services, we will help those with Alzheimer's and their family to prepare for the disease. Detection will allow them to be able to cope with the disease better and prepare emotionally and mentally for its effects.

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