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Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease

August 01, 2011

Diagnosing Alzheimer's disease

Doctors take a two-pronged approach to diagnosing Alzheimer's disease. First, they ask patients questions and perhaps have them fill out one of the standardized questionnaires used to assess memory and other parts of thinking. The purpose is to evaluate people's cognitive problems to see if what they're experiencing is consistent with Alzheimer's.

Second, doctors will order various tests to rule out other conditions that can affect mental functioning. Any CT or MRI brain scans or blood tests that might be done are part of this process of elimination.

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