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Quest Diagnostics Launches Dementia Diagnostic Panel, First in Industry for Treatable Forms of Cognitive Impairment Based on Medical Guidelines
Date:3/18/2013

on to rule out confounders of memory or reversible causes of memory loss. Test results are useful in excluding co-morbidities and revealing potential risk factors, origin of confusional states and, sometimes, in identifying the primary cause of dementia."

Athena Diagnostics is a leader in dementia diagnostics primarily for neurologists, with a menu that includes eleven testing services, including cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarker analysis, to aid the detection of frontotemporal dementia and other forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.

Quest Diagnostics acquired Athena Diagnostics in April 2011 in order to add neurology diagnostic information services to its business, although Athena continues to operate largely as an independent business and brand. Dementia experts at Athena Diagnostics helped to define the panel's tests and report requirements, while Quest Diagnostics' experts developed and introduced the comprehensive offering at clinical laboratories where the individual tests are performed.

"This test panel highlights the ability of Quest Diagnostics and Athena Diagnostics to introduce diagnostic innovations that conform with practice parameters and complete gaps in guideline-based medical care, which is central to our diagnostic information services strategy," said Jay G. Wohlgemuth , MD, senior vice president, science and innovation, Quest Diagnostics. "We expect it will be the first of additional diagnostic information services designed to improve neurology diagnosis to emerge from collaboration with Athena Diagnostics."

The test will be unveiled during the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 16-23, 2013 (Athena Diagnostics Booth 1413). At the conference, Athena Diagnostics will also introduce several new clinical lab-developed tests for a range of rare neurological di
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