- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Hattiesburg Clinic’s Memory Center and Imaging departments are partnering to on a study aimed at improving the method of care for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/29fhMwz)The Imaging Dementia - Evidence for Amyloid Scanning Study goes by the acronym IDEAS.

It focuses on brain images that may help physicians diagnose Alzheimer’s disease sooner. Images of the brain are taken by amyloid PET scans. These images show physicians if there is a significant amount of amyloid plaque buildup, which Dr. Ronald L. Schwartz says could be a strong indicator of a person eventually being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

PET imaging will highlight any plaque present. A follow-up visit will be scheduled with the patient, during which the specialist will discuss the scan results and use that information in helping the patient plan his or her future.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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