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A new diagnostic tool for dementia diseases
Date:6/5/2014

the differential diagnosis of AD, mild cognitive impairment and FTD, and describes a tool comprising a Disease State Index and its visual counterpart, a Disease State Fingerprint.

The Disease State Index encompasses all the data from multiple sources while taking into account the most relevant method or test, and the Disease State Fingerprint shows the findings in an easy-to-interpret visual format.

The software combines data from multiple sources such as psychological tests and brain MRI, and uses this data to create a Disease State Index. The index is a numerical value between 0 and 1. In a healthy person, the index is close to 0, while an index close to 1 is an indicator of a dementia disease. The Disease State Fingerprint shows the findings in an easy-to-interpret format in which the key findings are clearly indicated by colour and size.

With the help of the new diagnostic tool, clinicians could know which methods are more relevant for profiling a patient with a certain dementia disease, i.e. whether it is mild cognitive impairment, FTD or AD, and already at the first visit, the clinician could make a first diagnosis for starting treatment and giving counselling to the patient.


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Contact: Miguel Ángel Muñoz-Ruiz
miguel.munoz@uef.fi
358-440-707-113
University of Eastern Finland
Source:Eurekalert

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