Alzheimer's disease affects many older adults: the number of people living with Alzheimer's disease is expected to triple by the year 2030, from 5 million to 15 million people. As our population ages, dementia will become an even more urgent problem, and will take up an even larger percentage of the health care budget. With the development of new medications that slow down the process of dementia, tools that help with the early diagnosis of dementia are essential.
How Amen Clinics Can Help
At Amen Clinics, we have compassion for not only the patients affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, but for their loved ones as well. We understand the pain dementia can cause, and we can help with early diagnosis of decreased brain activity.
SPECT imaging (which stands for single-photon emission computerized tomography) is a special kind of photograph we take of the brain to help us better understand how it works and what is going on inside of it. SPECT can specifically help patients with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia by:
Identifying vulnerability to dementia
Catching dementia early so that treatment may begin before further damage is done
Helping inform treatment decisions
Seeing how well treatment is working
Finding out if there are other co-occurring conditions that need treatment
Increasing treatment compliance by showing pictures of results
Helping families gain a better understanding of the illness through visuals