Tag Archives: MRI Brain Imaging

Dementia Biomarkers Re-Explored? (General Psychiatry / JGCR)

Summary A recent systematic review examines biomarkers, as strictly defined, for neurodegenerative diseases. “Vast improvements in neuroimaging techniques have led to newly discovered biomarkers and diagnostics”. p.5 Behavioural biomarkers are mentioned hardly at all. Full Text Link Reference Maclin, JMA. … Continue reading

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Limited Usefulness of MRI for Improving the Prediction of Dementia? (BMJ)

Summary Research indicates that MRI does not significantly improve the prediction of dementia. It does have some value in differential diagnosis. Full Text Link Reference Stephan, BC. Tzourio, C. [and] Auriacombe, S. [et al] (2015). Usefulness of data from magnetic … Continue reading

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Possible Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Schizophrenia? (BBC News / PNAS)

Summary A “weak spot” in the brain, which may be play some common role(s) underlying both Alzheimer’s Disease and schizophrenia, appears to have been identified using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) brain scans. The brain area in question has been … Continue reading

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Further Dementia Diagnostic Test Accuracy Systematic Review Protocols (Cochrane Database)

Summary This is an additional list of diagnostic testing-related protocols, further to the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group (CDCIG) Diagnostic Test Accuracy (DTA) protocols and protocol templates listed earlier in Generic Protocol(s) for Diagnostic Test Accuracy Reviews in Dementia … Continue reading

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UK Biobank: Ambitious Imaging Data Collection (BBC News / European Psychiatry)

Summary Around 100,000 of the 500,000 adults aged 40-69 and currently enrolled in UK Biobank are to be invited to take part in detailed imaging of their brain, heart and other major organs. This will be the world’s biggest scanning … Continue reading

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Recent Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses on Brain Imaging

Summary Recent reviews and meta-analyses on imaging-related topics are listed below. Some of these articles are available freely. Obtaining the full-text of the other articles requires a suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment per access. The Bibliographic Citations … Continue reading

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Cognitive and Neuroimaging Predictors of Progression from Mild Cognitive Impairment to Dementia (NHS Choices / Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease)

Summary The detection of pre-clinical Alzheimer’s Disease appears to be accomplished best by the use of a combination of information, taken from targeted neuroimaging and complementary neuropsychological assessments of cognitive functioning. This combination of approaches may be necessary in order to … Continue reading

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