The findings, reported Wednesday, mark a first peek at a huge study under way to help determine if Medicare should start paying for specialized PET scans that find a hallmark of Alzheimer's â€” a sticky plaque called amyloid.
...For now, in addition to people who qualify for the IDEAS study, the Alzheimer's Association and Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging say:
- ”Unusually young dementia patients, younger than 65, also might be candidates for a PET scan.
- ”The scans shouldn't be used as a screening tool for people without symptoms or who worry they're at risk.
- ”Nor are they for people who can be diagnosed by standard means, or to determine disease severity.