Tag: Diagnostic Tests

Articles about diagnostic tests that let the loved one and families know of one or more diagnoses.

Unveiling the Truth: The Accuracy of FDG PET Scans in Dementia Diagnosis

diagnostic scans for dementia healthy brain vs. brain with dementia
One of the tools doctors uses is called an FDG PET scan. It’s a special kind of test that takes pictures of the brain. FDG is a type of sugar, and PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography. When someone has a PET scan, they get a tiny amount of this sugar injected into their body. Because the brain uses sugar as fuel, the scan can show which parts are working well and which parts aren’t. This is super helpful because in people with dementia, some parts of the brain don’t use sugar the same way healthy parts do. So, the scan can show doctors these changes and help them understand what’s going on.
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Understanding Memory and Cognitive Testing for Dementia

Ten Signs A Person May Have Dementia
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be a challenging journey, filled with complex emotions and difficult decisions. As families and caregivers, it's crucial to understand the nature of dementia and the various tools available to help assess and manage the condition. This article aims to provide a comprehensive guide to the seven most common memory tests used to evaluate if a person has dementia. These include the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive (ADAS-Cog), Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), General Practitioner Assessment of Cognition (GPCOG), Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE), Neuropsychological evaluation, and Short Test of Mental Status. Each of these tests offers unique insights into the cognitive abilities of an individual and can be instrumental in the early detection and management of dementia. By understanding these tests, you can better navigate the path of dementia care and ensure your loved one receives the best possible support.
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