Evaluating for Dementia

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PET Brain Scan with Neuro-Q 

Are you or is someone you know having trouble with memory, completing familiar tasks or even carrying on a conversation?  If so, you or this person might be suffering from dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. Dementia, by definition, is the loss of mental ability severe enough to interfere with normal activities of daily living. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases and is the fourth leading cause of death in individuals over 65 years of age.

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital is pleased to provide patients and providers with tools to aid in the diagnosis of dementia. While a cure for dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, has not yet been found, earlier treatment does allow the person suffering from this disorder to maintain more normal function longer and the medical treatments are more effective when given early in the disease.  Having the diagnosis early also allows the patient and their family to plan for their future with the disease.

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