Answers to Common Alzheimer’s Disease Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about Alzheimer’s disease and how to live with and manage the condition.

What tests are used to help make an Alzheimer’s diagnosis?

Dr. Larry Lawhorne discusses the tests used to diagnose Alzheimer’s. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

   

We do routine blood work to check thyroid, liver and kidney function and to look for any nutritional or chemical deficiencies, as well as Alzheimer’s biomarkers.

Imaging tests such as a CT scan, MRI or PET scan may also be performed, depending on the patient’s symptoms, but usually are not done right away. We ask if the person recently had a fall and went to the emergency room. If they did, a CT scan would be on file and we can check that. Other imaging tests are most often used.

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Source: Larry Lawhorne, MD, Wright State Physicians; National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association