Thanks to advancing technology, researchers have found a way to detect the early brain changes that occur before Alzheimer’s sets in.
According to a press release by Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuanian researchers created an algorithm that examines fMRI brain scans and identifies the early warning signs of the disease. The algorithm has an accuracy of over 99%.
The algorithm is a massive breakthrough in the field. While the Alzheimer’s Association reports that there are no known cures for the disease, there are treatments to slow progression and treat symptoms.
Having an early diagnosis can help patients receive earlier treatment and better prepare for life with the diagnosis.
One of the researchers, Rytis Maskeliūnas, said the following in the press release: “Technologies can make medicine more accessible and cheaper. Although they will never replace the medical professional, technologies can encourage seeking timely diagnosis and help.”
While medical professionals will still need to verify the algorithm’s results, it’s more accurate and has a higher capacity to read scans compared with human doctors.
The algorithm will offer more accurate and efficient scan readings, which could change the trajectory of patients’ care.
You can read more about the research and creation of the algorithm here.