As treatment of neurodegenerative disease moves toward therapies aimed at specific molecular abnormalities, the importance of early and accurate diagnosiswill increase, as will the need for sensitivemeasures for tracking disease progression. Brain imaging, usingMRI and PET scanning, offers a variety of highly reliable techniques that examine the structure, chemical content, metabolic state, and functional capacity of the brain. For all the major neurodegenerative disorders, relatively specific findings can be identified with some or all of these techniques. New approaches for imaging specific molecular pathology likely will revolutionize brain imaging and be combined with established imaging approaches to obtain a complete molecular, structural, and metabolic characterization, which could be used to improve diagnosis, and to stage each patient and follow disease progression and response to treatment.
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||CONTINUUM Lifelong Learning in Neurology|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology