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by Dr Dane Rayment,
Dr Lauren McCluskey, Professor Iain Lyburn and Dr Tarun Kuruvilla
Last updated: February 2017
It is estimated that one million people
in the UK will be living with dementia by 2021, with dementia care
currently costing the economy an estimated £23 billion per
year (Lakey et al, 2012).
Diagnosis of the condition is becoming easier with the emergence
of neuroimaging, which is now used as the leading ancillary
investigation. Its traditional purpose was to rule out potentially
treatable causes for cognitive impairment, e.g. tumours, haematomas
and hydrocephalus, however advances in technology mean that it is
now also used to support diagnosis of the dementia subtype. Most
clinical guidelines now recommend at least one structural imaging
procedure in every patient where dementia is
suspected (Waldemar et al, 2007;
In this module we review the role of
neuroimaging in dementia assessment. The module also provides a
practical guide for improving the clinician’s skill in the
appropriate use and evaluation of brain scans.
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