At the moment there are very few ways for the early detection and diagnosis of various conditions that are close to the neurodegenerative – partly because diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia in General manifest themselves in the symptoms only when their symptoms are firmly entrenched in the brain. However, the talented team of experts from the University of Washington and University of San Francisco, according to their representations, managed to find a new method of early diagnosis of neurodegenerative conditions, which, as they say, will help to determine the exact risk over the next three years.
Experts have for some time suggests that the most promising candidates in terms of effective implementation of such diagnostics can serve as a modern scan tools – for example, PET-scans and MRI-scans. These technologies need a push in order to fully implement the assistance in this direction. That team of experts from the universities of San Francisco and Washington unveiled its modernized technology of MRI scans called scan diffuse tensor, which relies primarily on the study of the motion of water molecules in the so-called white matter tracts.
Recording certain abnormalities or deviations from the usual behavior of water molecules in these tracts, the experts can draw up a detailed 3D picture of violations and thus to give certain predictions as to how high the risk of one or another neurodegenerative disease over time.
It is worth noting that the technology is somehow experimental and still requires further review by the developers themselves when using different working configurations, but there is no doubt that the technology will somehow soon become one of the most interesting and used in the world, especially in the context of the diagnostics of neurodegenerative diseases.