New MRI Technique May Help Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease

A new automated MRI technique is helping doctors diagnose Alzheimer's disease earlier and faster.

French researchers developed computer software which automatically measures the volume of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that tends to be smaller in Alzheimer's patients.

Until now, doctors used MRI to visually measure sometimes very small changes in brain volume, which can be very time consuming and difficult.

But researchers got similar results when comparing automated MRI measurements to the visual measurements of the same 75 patients.
The new method could allow doctors to diagnose the disease more accurately and at an earlier stage.

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