Can Amyloid PET Scans Improve Dementia Outcomes?

July 22, 2015

Whether amyloid PET scans can actually improve health outcomes in patients with mild cognitive impairment and dementia remains unknown, but the first randomized controlled clinical trials to assess their use in clinical practice are currently underway.

Preliminary findings from the first prospective multicenter study to examine how PET amyloid imaging with florbetapir influences dementia management and outcomes suggest that health care providers with immediate access to amyloid status from PET scan results make significantly more changes to patient treatment plans than those with delayed access.  

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