Alzheimer's Testing With Amyvid
ALZHEIMER'S TESTING WITH AMYVID
PARK AVENUE RADIOLOGISTS525 PARK AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10065
212-888-1000

Alzheimer's Testing With Amyvid

Alzheimer’s testing is performed using a PET or CAT scan with Amyvid. Positron Emission Tomography (PET scan) and computerized axial tomography (CAT scan) are two medical imaging tools that can be used to detect the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease. A PET scan or CAT scan is an Alzheimer’s test that uses Amyvid, which is a diagnostic agent that estimates plaque density in patients who are being evaluated for Alzheimer’s disease or other potential causes of cognitive or mental decline.

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most commonly occurring form of dementia, which causes memory loss and confusion. Typically, symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are small, such as forgetting important dates or not remembering planned events. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease often progresses to the point where the individual forgets important memories, and the individual may need daily assistance. In advanced cases of Alzheimer’s disease, the patient often forgets the names of loved ones, relationships, and core memories. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, an Alzheimer’s screening can provide a quick, accurate Alzheimer’s diagnosis before severe memory loss if caught in the early stages. Alzheimer’s detection at an earlier stage may allow more time for a productive treatment regime to help fight memory loss.

How can Alzheimer’s testing detect Alzheimer’s disease?

Your body naturally produces amyloid plaques, which collect around cells. For unknown reasons, your body has the ability to turn amyloid plaque into beta amyloid plaque, which can damage brains cells and may cause Alzheimer’s disease. PET and CT imaging can gauge the amount of beta amyloid plaque that is present. A positive scan will show bright yellows and oranges, which indicate a high presence of beta amyloid plaque, whereas a negative scan will appear mostly blue and green. PET or CT imaging with Amyvid is an effective Alzheimer’s test that can help determine the cause of memory loss or mental degradation.

What can I expect from PET / CT imaging with Amyvid?

PET / CT imaging uses small amounts of radioactive materials to assess the health of your brain and surrounding tissues. PET scan technology can detect minute changes on the cellular level, which can help diagnose a disease in its earliest stages. In conjunction with PET imaging, CT technology can reveal the location, shape, and size of growths or tumors. To begin your Alzheimer’s test, you will receive an intravenous line, which will administer a small amount of the radioactive material. This material will circulate through your body for about thirty minutes before you enter the PET scan machine. You will then lie down and enter the PET scan machine. You will be able to listen to music during your Alzheimer’s test and even speak with a member of our staff through a speaker.

How long does an Alzheimer’s test take, and when will I get my results?

The majority of PET scans can be completed in about forty-five minutes in addition to the preparation time when the intravenous line is placed. The length of your Alzheimer’s test may vary depending on the specific requirements of your PET scan. Our radiologists will begin to interpret your results and will send a copy of your Alzheimer’s test results to your doctor as soon as they are completed.

How can I learn more about an Alzheimer’s test?

Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists would be happy to discuss Alzheimer’s testing with you. For an appointment or additional information, please call 212.888.1000, email scheduling@parkavenueradiologists.com, or request an appointment online.

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