Our memory disorders clinic provides comprehensive evaluations and outpatient care. Our specialty is detecting the signs of mild cognitive impairment syndrome, a memory problem that is often an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Detecting Alzheimer’s disease early can help slow its progression.
Some memory problems are caused by medical conditions, such as heart disease, infections, thyroid or hormonal imbalances. We start with a comprehensive evaluation to rule out other possible causes of you or your loved one’s memory problems. After a thorough diagnostic evaluation, we meet with you to discuss diagnosis and care, and develop a treatment plan.
During the initial evaluation, your doctor will rely on a physical and neurological exam, blood tests, mental status testing and neuropsychological testing. MRI and CT scans may be performed to rule out other conditions that often look like Alzheimer’s disease.
PET with Florbetapir
This advanced PET scan uses radioactive tracers to make a 3-D model of brain function. Our research found a new dye called florbetapir can detect early evidence of Alzheimer’s disease in people with mild or no cognitive impairment. Predicting future decline can have a direct impact on the effectiveness of treatment.
Measures the volume or size of the brain, unlike a traditional MRI which creates a picture of the brain. While it is still considered an experimental process, studies show that this fully automated procedure is effective in predicting the progression from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer’s disease.
Spinal Fluid Test
Analyzing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) can detect whether a person has Alzheimer's disease before symptoms appear. This is performed most commonly through a spinal tap, a procedure in which your doctor inserts a spinal needle into your lower back in order to collect a sample of CSF.