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What does my MRI scan report indicate?

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Dr. Erion Spaho

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Posted on Thu, 27 Apr 2017 in Headache and Migraines
Question: Hello,
Imaging study for early Alzheimer's disease is MRI with or without contrast?
Also what is the best current treatment for recent short term memory loss ?
Family history of Alzheimer's D.
Tx so much
Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho 48 minutes later
Brief Answer:
An MRI without contrast is sufficient.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HealthcareMagic.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

The neuroimaging used for Alzheimer's aims to evaluate any brain atrophy and to exclude other causes of dementia syndrome such normal-pressure hydrocephalus, subdural hematoma, or cerebrovascular disease.

An MRI of the brain without contrast is sufficient to achieve this goal.

Therapies to cure Alzheimer disease, or to slow its progression, are still lacking.

However, a correct diagnosis is necessary first, before to consider treatment about recent short-term memory loss.

Possible causes of recent short-term memory loss besides dementia, include drug induced side effects, prolonged alcohol use (if any), depression, and stress, stroke, Vitamin B-complex deficiencies, etc.

If Alzheimer disease is confirmed after neuropsychological testing and imaging, early stages are treated with Donepezil, Rivastigmine, etc.

Hope you found the answer helpful.

Let me know if I can assist you further.

Kind regards.

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