Alzheimer's Disease & Memory Disorders Center
Expert Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Diagnosis and Treatment
The Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment services, including brain imaging, genetic testing, and neuropsychological evaluation.
The center is nationally known not only for its clinical services but also for its research, including the clinical trials program that offers the latest in leading-edge new therapies aimed to treat and also delay, and ultimately prevent, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Comprehensive Evaluation is Step One to Treatment Plan
The center's neurologists are memory disorder specialists who offer patients the latest advances in memory disorder diagnosis and treatment.
Because there are more than 70 different causes of dementia, a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is an important first step when dealing with symptoms of memory loss. To ensure an accurate diagnosis we provide a thorough evaluation of each patient, which includes a careful review of his or her medical history, a physical examination, and neuropsychological testing of mental functions.
Neuroimaging, positron emission tomography (PET), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) may also be used during the evaluation process, along with other laboratory tests.
Five Things to Know About Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer's disease is an illness that causes abnormal destruction of the brain during the aging process. It’s a form of "dementia," which is a general term for a disease leading to loss of normal memory and thinking that impairs one’s ability to live independently.
Women and Alzheimer's Disease
What makes women more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease than men? The previous thinking was that women simply lived longer than men. However, recent research suggests some interesting alternative explanations.
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