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Imaging the Aging Brain$
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William Jagust and Mark D'Esposito

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195328875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328875.001.0001

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MRI and the Differential Diagnosis of Dementia

MRI and the Differential Diagnosis of Dementia

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(p.261) 16 MRI and the Differential Diagnosis of Dementia
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Imaging the Aging Brain
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António J. Bastos-Leite

Philip Scheltens

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328875.003.0016

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has opened up the way to diagnose dementia in vivo. It provides clear evidence for hippocampal atrophy in Alzheimer's disease (AD), lobar atrophy in frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), vascular changes in VaD, and specific findings in some rare forms of dementia. In addition, the traditional role of excluding space-occupying lesions has been kept and the combination of both aspects has rendered MRI indispensable in the diagnostic work-up.

Keywords:   MRI, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, CT, hydrocephalus, PSP, CJD, CBD

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