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Positron emission tomography (PET) scans for Alzheimer's disease in the live brain

This article was originally published in Clinica

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A radio-labelled agent allows positron emission tomography (PET) to detect reduced acetylcholinesterase activity in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease. The technique may be a non-invasive method of monitoring Alzheimer's disease, reports a Japanese study presented in The Lancet (June 21). Alzheimer's disease can currently only be diagnosed after death.

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