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New system developed for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
Date:6/10/2010

This release is available in Spanish.

Researchers of the University of Granada have developed a new computer program that allows early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease through processed images. This new system has enhanced successful early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease up to 90%, which is an important progress within this area of study.

The study was conducted by professor Ignacio Alvarez Illn, a member of SIPBA (Signal Processing and Biomedical Applications) TIC-010 of the University of Granada, and supervised by professors Juan Manuel Grriz Sez, Javier Ramrez Prez de Inestrosa and Carlos Garca Puntonet.

Scientists of the University of Granada have validated some new techniques for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease through a series of processed images. These techniques were successfully tested, and promising results were obtained. This study is part of a wider project still under development which purpose is developing a complete software for clinical use in hospitals. It is being developed in cooperation with the companies PET-Cartuja and PTEC, and it belongs to the prizewinning project PETRI-DENCLASES, which was rewarded at the III Premios Andaluca Sociedad de la Informacin 2010 edition, a prize awarded by the Andalusian Regional Government to companies contributing to an enhanced information society.

The research group has cooperated with the international project ADNI (Alzheimer's Disease NeuroImaging Initiative), which confers an international character to the study, and has enabled the use of one of the largest database in the world concerning Alzheimer's disease.

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To test this new automated computer-assisted diagnosis, the researchers of the University of Granada used SPECT and
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Contact: Ignacio Alvarez Illan
illan@ugr.es
34-958-240-459
University of Granada
Source:Eurekalert

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