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Alzheimer's Imaging Study

MRI showing deterioration of white matter tracts in the brains of older adults


An imaging study used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect deterioration of white matter tracts in the brains of older adults at high risk for Alzheimer's disease. The data suggest that changes in white matter connections may be among the earliest brain changes in Alzheimer's disease, which may prove important for early detection by noninvasive imaging.

This research was supported in part by a grant, awarded to Brian Gold of the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Medicine, from the National Science Foundation (BCS 08-14302) that was related to understanding how white matter integrity changes may precede cognitive declines in aging. To learn more, see the UK news release the Alzheimer's Imaging Study Identifies Brain Changes. (Date of Image: June 2010)

Credit: Brian T. Gold, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Kentucky

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