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Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive brain disease that destroys brain cells and causes memory loss, changes in behavior and loss of body functions, is the sixth-leading cause of deaths in the United States.
*Source: Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis

Alzheimer's disease can be diagnosed with complete accuracy only by an autopsy after death when examination of the brain reveals plaques and tangles. A diagnosis of “probable Alzheimer’s disease” follows a series of medical and neurological exams.

A blood test will most likely be done to help your WellStar physician to rule out other possible causes of memory loss and confusion.

Some form of neuropsychological testing to measure memory and thinking skills will certainly be used.

Sometimes, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or positron emission tomography (PET) is used to note changes in the brain that suggest Alzheimer’s disease.

Diagnostic Procedures

  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)