PET/CT & Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a long-term, incurable brain disease in which brain cells die, causing various problems in mental health function including poor memory, thinking problems, language and behavior problems.

Alzheimer's disease usually afflicts the elderly and starts around the age of 65 to 70 years, but can begin earlier in some people.

As Alzheimer's disease progresses into the later stages a person looses most of their normal functions and must have 24-hour care for feeding, personal hygiene, and bathroom needs. Alzheimer's usually lasts anywhere between 2 to 10 years.

There is no yet known reason for the exact cause of the Alzheimer's disease, however certain factors make it more likely to occur in particular people. These factors include:

  • Advanced age
  • A head injury
  • A heart attack
  • Gender (The disease strikes more women than men.)


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